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ALUMNI: Alumna Named EVP at Nonprofit that Serves Mentally Ill and Substance Users

May 10, 2017


Ross alumna Sharyn Comeau, MD, was recently appointed Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs at Monarch, a statewide nonprofit that provides support and empowers people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use issues.

The newly created leadership role will ensure that all medical administrative processes for Monarch’s behavioral health locations across North Carolina meet the ever-evolving healthcare standards and provide excellent care for the people Monarch supports.

“Dr. Comeau has truly excelled over the three years she served as a psychiatrist at our Charlotte behavioral health office. She brings a wealth of knowledge and over 21 years of experience to this new role,” said Monarch CEO, Dr. Peggy Terhune. 

As Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Comeau will be responsible for providing medical leadership at the community and state level, as well as internally at Monarch. As part of Monarch’s strategic plan, she also will help the organization foster positive relationships with local stakeholders, legislators, potential donors, and physician groups as it relates to behavioral health services.

“I’m elated to be part of Monarch’s leadership team and be a driving force to addressing the wide range of community behavioral health needs. As Monarch continues to grow and the healthcare industry becomes more complex, I’m excited to be part of the team that will ensure that our offices are offering treatment of the highest medical standards,” said Dr. Comeau.

Dr. Comeau is certified by the American Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. In addition to her medical degree earned at Ross, she completed her medical training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University and in general psychiatry at the University of Connecticut/Institute of Living. She also holds a Master of Arts from New York University and a Bachelor of Science from Pace University.

Established in 1958, Monarch is a not-for-profit organization that provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders. The company has earned Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation with Distinction by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) – and is among a small and elite group worldwide to receive this designation. Monarch is certified by The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services as a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency (CABHA) and operates The Arc of Stanly County, which is a chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States.

Tags: Alumni , North Carolina , Nonprofit

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