Tereasa Osborne became Lead Attorney for the Department of Health and Human Services in November 2011 and leads a Legal Team that handles Child Protective Service petitions and court proceedings, child support, Adult Protective Services petitions and court proceedings, and advises Social Services staff on legal matters. Tereasa is from West Jefferson, North Carolina. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Appalachian State and a Juris Doctorate from Mercer University School of Law, where she was a Woodruff Scholar. She received her Master's in Public Administration from UNC - Chapel Hill.
She practiced law with a private firm, served as a JAG Officer in the U.S. Air Force, and was an Assistant District Attorney in Mecklenburg County for four years before joining the staff at Gaston HHS.