Peggy S. Terhune, Ph.D.

Dr. Peggy Terhune has served at the helm at Monarch since June 1995. As President and Chief Executive Officer she oversees Monarch’s large, statewide network of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders, serving nearly 30,000 North Carolinians each year.

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. Peggy has served as an advocate for people with disabilities for more than 40years and she has often been invited to present at national conferences and technical workshops across the country, particularly on emerging practices that are used at Monarch. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Rochester Institute of Technology, Strayer University and is currently teaching at Wingate University.

She is a founding board member of the North Carolina Providers Council and past president of the National Conference of Executives of the Arc. Additionally, Peggy was appointed to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Waiver Advisory Committee (DWAC) and has been appointed twice to the N.C. Commission on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. She is also a board member of the N.C. Council of Developmental Disabilities and was appointed twice by the Governor. Peggy is a past member and officer of the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) North Carolina and former member of the Benchmarks’ Board of Trustees.

Peggy is the recipient of numerous regional and national leadership awards. In 2016, she 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. The 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.

A graduate of Indiana University, Peggy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy, she earned 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. She is culturally competent, and her competencies include a wide range of clinical and administrative skills.