Peggy Terhune


Term: 2014-2017

Dr. Peggy Terhune has been CEO of Monarch and The Arc of Stanly County, Inc. since June 1995. Monarch provides residential, vocational, community and behavioral health services to people of all ages with intellectual disabilities, 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. from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She has worked with and advocated for 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 her agency.

Peggy is a founding board member of North Carolina Providers Council and past president of the National Conference of Executives of The Arc.  She serves on the National Board of Directors for the Council on Quality and Leadership as the representative from The Arc of the United States and on the National Advisory Board for the College of Direct Supports. She is a Trustee for Benchmarks (treasurer).  Peggy serves on the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Waiver Advisory Committee (DWAC) and has been appointed twice to the N.C. Rules Commission on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. She served on the Blue Ribbon Task force to address the IMD and personal care issues in the state as well as being the only MH/DD/SA provider on the five member NC Medicaid Reform Committee.  She is a board member of the NC Council of Developmental Disabilities and a board member of NAMI NC.  

In addition to her career, Peggy is mother to seven adult children and wife to Bob (Two adopted, one with I/DD and mental illness).  The couple has fostered children for over 9 years, and most recently spent three years as therapeutic foster parents to teenagers with mental illness.  Peggy also experiences depression as a result of her Diabetes.  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 family, needlepoint, knitting, reading, and traveling.