Experts Guide

We are proud of our exceptional staff who stay current and are among the best within their fields of expertise. Monarch professionals have expansive knowledge in behavioral health and topics related to the long-term services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Experts Guide

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Judith Chappell
Judith Chappell

Judith Chappell, LCAS, LPC, CCS

Behavioral Health Practice Administrator, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Certified Clinical Supervisor in the Addictions field.

Focus areas:

  • Opioid epidemic and its impact within families and the community
  • Behavioral Health supports within the community
  • Whole health care

For the past 20 years, Judith Chappell has made her career caring and assisting others to overcome addictions. Chappell began as an intern at Stanly County practice for those addressing driving while intoxicated charges, where she focused on becoming educated in the field of addiction obtaining her licensed clinical addiction specialist certification.

Chappell quickly recognized that a number of her patients were affected by underlying mental health conditions that were not being addressed. This realization prompted her to pursue and attain her license as a Professional Counselor and a Certified Clinical Supervisor.

While beginning her career at Monarch, Chappell rose from her initial role as associate level therapist to her current role as practice administrator for the CCBHC, the state’s sole certified community mental health clinic. As the CCBHC’s practice administrator, Chappell takes great pride in leading the behavioral health experience for individuals seeking care. Her current role includes guiding the day-to-day operations at the CCBHC, in both the administrative and clinical realms, while directing a robust clinical internship program.


  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling, from Webster University, St. Louis, MO
  • Bachelor of Psychology, from Pfeiffer University

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Monique Lucas
Monique Lucas

Monique Lucas, BSN, RN, CCM, CCCTM

Director of Integrated Care, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic

Registered Nurse, Board Certified Care Manager, Certified in Critical Care Medicine, and Care Coordination and Transition Management, Member of the American Nurses Association

Focus areas:

  • Mental and Behavioral Health Care Coordination, Care Management and Transition Management
  • Partnering with community-based agencies with a focus on the opioid epidemic within families and the community
  • Population health programs

With 14 years of experience as a registered nurse and 10 years in healthcare leadership, Monique Lucas is an expert in care management and population health programs. Beginning her career as a pediatric intensive care nurse, Lucas possesses experience in a variety of nursing areas, however, her passion focuses on care coordination and care management.

Lucas collaborated with a variety of innovative players in healthcare, helping to develop one of the nation’s largest patient centered, medical home programs. With her background and expertise, Lucas is knowledgeable in what is needed to build ambulatory care management teams, develop value-based primary care practices with a team-based model and create training programs to support reaching healthcare missions.


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Coppin State University, Baltimore, Maryland

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Amanda Matthews

Amanda Matthews, M.A., LPA, HSP-PA

Staff Psychologist Board Certified Telemental Health (BC-TMH) and Clinically Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist (CCSOTS)

Focus areas:

  • Works with individuals who maintain intellectual and/or developmental disabilities diagnoses

As a psychologist at Monarch, Amanda Matthews actively supports, educates and empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Her knowledge and expertise have provided her the opportunity to be a frequent presenter at numerous professional conferences including the NC TIDE Conferences, National Adolescent Perpetration Network (NAPN) International Conference, and Spring North Carolina Juvenile Services Association (NCJSA) Conference. She has also authored numerous publications in multiple fields.

She is a board member as well as Membership Chair of the North Carolina Association for the Management and Treatment of Sexual Offenders (NCAMTSO), on which she has served since 2013.


  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, University of Notre Dame
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychological and Brain Sciences, graduating Summa Cum Laude, Dartmouth College

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Dr. Robert McHale

Dr. Robert James McHale, M.D., M.Sc., DFAPA, ABPM, FASAM

Medical Director, Psychiatrist Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Certified by the American Board of Preventative Medicine in Addiction Medicine.

Focus areas:

  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment for patients of all ages
  • Psychotropic Medication Management
  • Interest in Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics of Psychotropic Medications
  • Evidence-based mental health care
  • Individual and Family Therapy
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Life Transitions

Since 2010, Dr. McHale has held the position of Monarch’s Medical Director. He provides supervision and oversight for the behavioral health services working with people of all ages dealing with mental illness and substance use disorders. He has a special interest in intellectual disabilities and general medical conditions of the people we serve.

Prior to entering medical school, Dr. McHale worked as a biochemist at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in the Department of Biochemistry and has co-authored over 30 scientific publications and abstracts. He was also involved in research and study of Sleep Disorders at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry’s Sleep Disorders Center.

Education, Awards, Experience:

  • Chief Resident, Residency training in Psychiatry, University of Kansas – Wichita School of Medicine; Doctor of Medicine, Saint George’s University School of Medicine; Master of Science in Biology, University of Missouri; Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Saint Louis University, Missouri.
  • Study physician and sub-investigator, Clinical Research Institute, Kansas, researching depression, psychotropic medications and drug interactions.
  • Member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Medical Association, North Carolina Psychiatric Association and North Carolina Medical Society.
  • Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
  • Awarded the Excellence in Service Award from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness); the Laurie Coyner Award: Excellence for Psychiatric Inpatient Care at the University of Kansas; and the Saint Louis University Undergraduate Research Award.

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Dr. Pamela Reid
Pamela Reid

Dr. Pamela Reid

Executive Vice President / Chief Medical Officer 

As Executive Vice President / Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Pamela Reid ensures all medical administrative processes for the company’s mental health locations and telemedicine procedures meet the ever-evolving healthcare standards, as well as provide a continuum of excellent care to the thousands of people Monarch supports. She assumed the Chief Medical Officer role in late 2020.

Dr. Reid will also be responsible for providing medical leadership at the community and state level. As part of Monarch’s strategic plan, she will help the organization foster positive relationships with local stakeholders, legislators, potential donors, payers and physician groups as it relates to mental health services. She will provide oversight and direction for nearly 50 medical providers at Monarch.

Dr. Reid is a board-certified psychiatrist who completed her internship and residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, S.C.  Dr. Reid has practiced extensively as a community psychiatrist since 2010. She has provided inpatient psychiatric care as a clinical assistant professor with the UNC School of Medicine, and worked as an attending psychiatrist on the Community Transitions Unit at Central Regional Hospital. A master clinician, much of her work has included clinical training and teaching of residents, medical students, physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners. As an outpatient provider, Dr. Reid has worked to provide oversight, teaching and clinical services for enhanced services (IIH/CST/ACTT), outpatient services, supervision of Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient (SAIOP) services, hospital transition and mobile crisis services. Dr. Reid has worked for Monarch for several years, most recently in the role of Associate Medical Director for the eastern portion of Monarch’s outpatient behavioral health services. She is an avid supporter of the Open Access model of care, supporting same-day services for patients in need of immediate care. Prior to her medical training, Dr. Reid completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Piano Performance. She lives in Cary and enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking trips to the mountains, reading about cosmology and playing the piano.

Dr. Jacqueline Smith

Dr. Jacqueline Smith

SECU Youth Crisis Center Associate Medical Director, Mecklenburg Clinic Lead Psychiatrist Board Certified in Adult, Child-Adolescent and Forensic Psychiatry

Focus areas:

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Cross Cultural Issues

Dr. Jacqueline Smith is based in Mecklenburg County. She provides care to children, adolescents and adults in the outpatient clinic and at Monarch’s Youth Crisis Center. She collaborates with community partners, supervises nurse practitioners, meets regularly with staff and teaches physician assistant students.

Before arriving at Monarch in April 2016, she completed all psychiatric training at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. While in training, she worked at a state prison, a state mental health hospital, and a county crisis clinic. She also co-founded a free mental health clinic at a women and children’s shelter in Chapel Hill. She has provided expert advice to writers and contributors for The Grio, MSNBC and NBC’s Today.


  • Residency and Fellowships, UNC Hospitals; Doctor of Medicine degree, UNC School of Medicine; Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology, UNC Chapel Hill.

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Dr. Peggy Terhune

Dr. Peggy Terhune is the CEO of Monarch and The Arc of Stanly County since June 1995.Under her leadership, Monarch has moved towards evidence-based and best practice in all areas, successfully added services, enhanced community integration, improved customer satisfaction, reduced turnover and successfully developed programs to serve consumers with multiple disabilities. She has worked with and advocated for people with disabilities for more than 40 years.

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Niah White
Niah White

Niah White, LCSW

Behavioral Health Therapist Certified as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Focus areas:

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Mood Disorders
  • Women’s Issues

Niah White’s professional experience spans across 10 years, and centers on collaboratively working with community partners, facilitating coordination of care, and delivering integrated behavioral health care services. Niah’s experience features working within a variety of settings including outpatient community mental health, enhanced mental health services, and the non-profit sector.

Her ongoing interest centers around the delivery of trauma informed and trauma specific services. Niah’s therapeutic approach focuses on increasing self-awareness, implementing boundaries, and building capacity to live well. Niah is active in her church, enjoys dance, and has a passion for self-care and self-discovery.


  • Doctor of Philosophy – PhD, Rehabilitation Counseling and Counselor Education, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; Master of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Bachelor of Social Work, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

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