CEO appointed to Walmart Foundation Committee

Laurie Ertz, Special Projects Manager at the Walmart Foundation, shares her enthusiasm for Terhune’s appointment, “Peggy was asked to serve as part of her long standing leadership role in the National Council of Executives of The Arc of the United States. She has pioneered self-employment opportunities in North Carolina. I know that Peggy will contribute her personal experience as well as her professional expertise for the greater good and the success of the Transition Project.” For more information on the Walmart Foundation, please go to walmartstores.com/CommunityGiving/204.aspx.

The Walmart Foundation Nationwide School-To-Community Transition Project aims to ensure that youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism achieve the outcomes they desire while transitioning from school to adult life. The grant money will be used to expand The Arc’s efforts to improve the quality of transition planning and transition services by identifying successful existing programs that can be replicated nationwide. The funds will be dispersed through a competitive process to approximately 50 local chapters of The Arc that currently operate innovative and promising school to community transition programs throughout the U.S.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Walmart Foundation, we will improve the lives of youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism and maximize their full inclusion in every aspect of community and society,” said Peter V. Berns, Executive Director of The Arc of the United States. “We will reach across our extensive network of state and local chapters, individuals with disabilities, their families, disability advocacy groups and others to identify and spread best practices and program excellence to ensure a full breadth of possibility for young people with disabilities,” Berns added. For more information about The Arc, please go to www.thearc.org.

Dr. Peggy Terhune has been the Executive Director and CEO at Monarch (formerly known as Arc Services) for more than 14 years. She has grown the organization from 125 to over 3,000 people supported throughout North Carolina every day. She has effectively expanded the reach of services from 5 counties to more than 50 counties allowing Monarch to better serve more people. She has received numerous awards for her work including the prestigious National Conference of Executives Award for Executive Excellence – the highest honor The Arc can confer on an Executive Director of a chapter of The Arc. She serves on numerous boards where she furthers her advocacy efforts on behalf of people with disabilities. She is the mother of seven and has fostered numerous children with disabilities. For more information about Dr. Peggy Terhune, please go to www.monarchnc.org/about/staff.aspx.

Monarch provides support and resources to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance abuse issues throughout North Carolina. Monarch is a nonprofit and is an affiliated chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch helps “dreams take flight” for people living in our communities, please call 1-800-230-7525 or go online at www.MonarchNC.org.