Monarch names chief strategy officer

Monarch, a provider of behavioral health services in North Carolina and Rhode Island and headquartered in Albemarle, has selected Blake Martin, MHA, to serve as executive vice president and chief strategy officer.

Blake Martin

Martin will lead the development of Monarch’s strategic vision for advancement in the health care sector.

Martin will partner with Monarch president and CEO Dr. Peggy Terhune, executive leadership, the Board of Directors and invested stakeholders to create the framework for the strategic growth of current services and programs and targeted expansion in the future.

“Since 1958, Monarch has been a leader in providing caring, compassionate services to the people we support. As we look ahead, the chief strategy officer role will be integral to our success,” says Peggy Terhune, Ph.D., MBA, OTR/L. “Blake returns to Monarch with a keen understanding of the changing health care landscape and our position in it. He will provide executive-level leadership in envisioning Monarch’s future and implementing the strategy necessary to achieve it.”

With nearly 15 years of industry experience, Martin will be directly responsible for identifying and developing strategic opportunities and maintaining relationships with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, statewide local management entities and managed care organizations (LME/MCOs), social services agencies, licensing agencies and the people and families Monarch supports, among other key stakeholders.

“I am excited to step into this position, particularly at this time in Monarch’s evolution,” says Martin. “Monarch’s significant growth and expansion over the last twenty years sets a firm foundation for the strategic work to come as we develop new opportunities and continue our work as a leader in behavioral health care in North Carolina and beyond.”

Martin has a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree and a bachelor’s degree from Pfeiffer University. He previously served Monarch as the executive vice president/chief development officer. He returns to Monarch after serving as vice president, development for Flagship Healthcare Properties, where he managed health care real estate development and other revenue generating opportunities.