Terry holds a master of arts degree from Syracuse University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin. She taught interior design as an adjunct instructor at Rochester Institute of Technology. Terry retired as a designer and buyer for Mangurians, a family-owned home furnishing business. In 2014 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Rochester. She has been a patron of VPA’s Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, women’s basketball, and the SU Marching Band. Her sons, Brian ’04 and Jeffrey ’05, both graduated from VPA.