Dr. Peggy S. Terhune
President/Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Peggy Terhune, Ph.D. has been the Executive Director/CEO of The Arc of Stanly County, Inc., and Arc Services, Inc. now Monarch, since June 1995. Monarch provides residential, vocational, community, and behavioral health services to people of all ages with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and substance abuse issues.
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. from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has worked with people with disabilities for more than 40 years. 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 a leader for The Arc of Stanly County, Peggy is a strong advocate for people with disabilities and has presented often at conferences and technical workshops, particularly on emerging practices that are used within the agency.
Peggy is an active member of several prominent state committees and has served as an appointee of Gov. Pat McCrory to the N.C. Developmental Disabilities Council and the Medicaid Reform Advisory Group, which collaborated with the state’s Department of Health and Human Services in its development of a detailed plan to reform North Carolina’s Medicaid system. Gov. McCrory also selected her to serve on the Department Waiver Advisory Committee (DWAC) and the Department of Justice Blue Ribbon Task Force. She is on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) North Carolina. Peggy is a founding board member of North Carolina Providers Council and past president of NCE. She serves on the National Board of Directors for the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) as the representative from The Arc of the United States.
Peggy has been recognized for her work and earned the 1998 Outstanding Professional Achievement Award, presented by the National Council of Executives of the Arc, and was a 2002 and 2011 recipient of the Carey S. Fendley Award for Executive Excellence presented by The Arc of North Carolina. In 2007, she received the National Conference of Executives Award for Executive Excellence, which is the highest honor The Arc can confer on an Executive Director of a chapter of The Arc.
In addition to her career, Peggy is mother to seven adult children and wife to Bob. For six years, the couple fostered children with disabilities. A servant leader, Peggy continues to provide community service in a number of ways. For fun, she serves as an adjunct faculty member for the MBA program at Strayer University – and in her spare time, she enjoys needlepoint, knitting, reading, and traveling.