Monarch CEO appointed to state Commission on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services

Since she was named executive director in 1995, Terhune has led the initiative to strengthen Monarch’s footprint throughout North Carolina. Under her leadership, Monarch now supports thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges across the state. Her passion for people and desire to put people first has contributed to the growth and stability of the organization.

In addition to her latest appointment, Terhune has served on numerous boards, including the National Board of Directors for the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL), representative of The Arc of the United States, and serves on the Mecklenburg, Sandhills and the Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions (formerly Piedmont Behavioral Healthcare) Network Councils. Earlier this year, Terhune was selected to serve on the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Waiver Advisory Committee (DWAC).

Terhune has consistently been recognized regionally and nationally for her work to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities, substance abuse disorders and mental illness. Last September, she was named a two-time recipient of the prestigious Carey Fendley Award for Executive Excellence during the annual Arc of North Carolina Conference. Terhune first received the award in 2002. Additionally, she has been awarded 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 and she has received the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award presented by the National Council of Executives of The Arc.
Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges in more than 55 North Carolina counties.

Monarch is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership and is CABHA certified. The agency is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people living in our communities, please call (800) 230-7525.

Media contact: Natasha A. Suber, (704) 986-1584 or natasha.suber@monarchnc.org