Peggy Terhune, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Member


Asheboro, North Carolina




Peggy Terhune brings over 40 years of client services and leadership experience in health and human services to OPEN MINDS. She has been an organizational leader and an advocacy leader for consumers with disabilities throughout her career.  In those roles, she has led over 30 growth-focused mergers and acquisitions.

Dr. Terhune currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Monarch and The Arc of Stanly County in Albemarle, North Carolina. In this position, she has expanded both the service lines and the geographic footprint of the organization.   Over the past decade, as the organization’s chief executive officer, she has navigated the evolution of managed are contracting in North Carolina, designing new services and negotiation new reimbursement relationships with payers.

Dr. Terhune has also served as Director of Rehabilitation at Providence Convalescent Center in Charlotte, North Carolina and as Director of Program Operations with Continuing Developmental Services, Inc. in Fairport, New York.

Dr. Terhune is a professor in occupational therapy doctoral program at Wingate University.   In addition, she has served on the faculty of several institutions of higher education including Pfeiffer University, Strayer University and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Throughout her career, she has been a frequent faculty at professional conferences and she has published in a number of professional journals, including the North Carolina Medical Journal, Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, and The NCE New Executive Director’s Manual. Research topics of interest to Dr. Terhune have ranged from Changing Laws And Regulations In Mental Health In North Carolina, to How To Increase Outpatient Revenue And Integration For Patients By Adding Occupational Therapy.

Dr. Terhune earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in General Business, Human Service Concentration from Rochester Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in Cultural Studies/Human Development/Families/Social Justice from University of NC at Greensboro.

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