Dr. Peggy S. Terhune
President/Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Peggy Terhune has served at the helm of Monarch and The Arc of Stanly County, Inc. since June 1995. Established in 1958, Monarch is a leading provider of residential, employment, community and behavioral health services to people of all ages with intellectual disabilities (I/DD), mental illness and substance use disorders.
Peggy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in Cultural Studies/Human Development/Families from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her competencies include a wide range of clinical and administrative skills and she is culturally competent.
Under Peggy’s leadership, Monarch has implemented evidence-based and best practices in all areas, has successfully added numerous services, enhanced community integration, improved customer satisfaction, reduced turnover, and has effectively developed programs to serve consumers with multiple disabilities. She has grown the agency significantly, in part, due to the excellence of the supports offered. She diligently pursues her methodology to incorporate continuous improvement within the organization. As the leader for The Arc of Stanly County, and an advocate for people with disabilities for more than 40 years, Peggy has presented often at conferences and technical workshops, particularly on emerging practices that are used at Monarch.
She is a founding board member of the North Carolina Providers Council and past president of the National Conference of Executives of the Arc. Peggy was appointed to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Waiver Advisory Committee (DWAC) and served two recent terms on the N.C. Rules Commission on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. She is also a board member of the N.C. Council of Developmental Disabilities, appointed twice by North Carolina’s Governor and is an immediate past member of the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) North Carolina.
Among dozens of honors and achievements, Peggy was the first-ever recipient of the Distinguished Professional Award in Diversity and Cultural Competency by The National Conference of Executives (NCE) of The Arc. This new award recognizes leaders from The Arc’s national network of nearly 700 chapters that provide innovative programs that meet the needs of the diverse I/DD community.
In addition to her career, Peggy is married to Bob, mother to seven adult children and the couple has 10 grandchildren. They are currently foster parents to older teens and have opened their hearts and homes to more than 100 children including adolescents with disabilities and teenagers in crisis as therapeutic foster parents. A servant leader, Peggy is involved within her community and church. For fun, she serves as an adjunct faculty member for the MBA program at Strayer University.