About

Welcome to all Foothills area UNC alumni, fans and friends. Thanks for visiting the online home of the Foothills  Carolina Club. If you’re looking to connect with local Tar Heels , you’ve come to the right place.

The Foothills Carolina Club is your source for UNC related social, networking, athletic, educational and service opportunities. Whether it’s through a Tar Heel Service Day project, our annual student send-off reception or simply watching a Carolina game with friends, let the Foothills  Carolina Club be your connection to Carolina, right at home.

Our club is recognized year after year by the General Alumni Association as a Bell Tower Club which means that we work hard to provide a variety of events and activities to keep YOU connected to local Tar Heels . We can’t wait to meet you at our next event.

We’re always looking for new friends who share our love for Chapel Hill, so get in touch today and reconnect with your Carolina family.

 

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Leadership Committee

Angela Sherrill
Angela Sherrill

Angela (“Angie”) Sherrill grew up in Catawba County. After graduating from Newton-Conover High School, she spent the next four formative years attending UNC in beautiful Chapel Hill.  After obtaining her BA in Political Science at UNC, Angie received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida, and she spent the next 20 years practicing law in Miami.

 

Angie’s work as an attorney has included a broad spectrum of business transactions and litigation matters. She is a member of The Florida Bar, The North Carolina Bar and multiple federal courts. Angie has worked on numerous interesting cases while practicing law with boutique firms in Miami, included among the following:  The 2000 Presidential Election case; the Elián González matter; defending the leader of Movimiento Democracia against federal charges that he unlawfully entered Cuban territorial waters; representing the Chapter 7 Trustee for Southeast Banking Corporation after federal regulators seized its principal subsidiary, resulting in the largest liquidation in the Southern District of Florida at that time; and numerous other matters involving financial institutions, commercial transactions and business disputes. 

 

In 2012, Angie returned to North Carolina to accept a position as General Counsel for a home furnishings manufacturer and national retailer, where she worked alongside Foothills Carolina Club Co-Leader John Bounous for seven years, during which time the company’s business expanded, growing from six to 30 retail stores in the nation. In 2019, Angie joined the law firm Patrick, Harper & Dixon, LLP, located in Hickory, where she concentrates her legal practice in the areas of Business and Real Property transactions, Corporate Law, Intellectual Property and Employment Law.

 

Angie is a lifetime member of the GAA, a committed Francophile and a foodie. She enjoys the true-crime genre and watching Carolina basketball. Angie is excited to be part of the revival of the Foothills Carolina Club and to be able to work with John Bounous and the other talented and dedicated club leaders to promote local interest in our beloved UNC!

John Bounous
John Bounous
Co-Leader
Business Administration

A native of Valdese, John has spent his entire life in that lovely town, other than when away at college. He was in the first graduating class from East Burke High School, then headed to Chapel Hill. John graduated from UNC in 1980 with a BS in Business Administration and later received a Master of Accounting from Appalachian State University. Upon becoming a CPA, John worked in public accounting in Hickory for more than a decade before taking on the role of CFO for a Unifour furniture company. He retired in July 2019 after serving in this position for more than 21 years. John is a Life Member of the GAA and long-time member of the Rams Club. He and his son, age 22, enjoy attending UNC athletic events every chance they get, and watching when they can’t be there in person. Games attended this past year include men and women’s basketball, men and women’s lacrosse, baseball, football, field hockey, swimming and diving, volleyball, wrestling, and men and women’s soccer. Go Heels!

Pam Elske-Leonetti
Pam Elske-Leonetti
Co-Leader
Physical Therapy '07

Like club co-leader John Bounous, Pam is a native of North Carolina. Growing up in Eden, Pam attended UNC-Wilmington and graduated with a BA in Athletic Training. She later received a Master of Physical Therapy from Western Carolina University and, in 2007, a Doctor of Physical Therapy from UNC Chapel Hill. Pam met her future husband, David, in Chapel Hill while he was getting his Master's in Public Administration during the Tyler Hansbrough years. They enjoyed attending every sporting event they could! After David graduated, they become engaged and moved to Hickory for his job. Pam accepted a position at Frye Hospital, where she has been for almost 13 years now. Pam says she loves working at Frye. Her primary area of focus has been Inpatient Rehabilitation, working mainly with people who have experienced traumas and with those who have neurological impairments. Pam is a Life Member of the GAA and member of the Rams Club. She and her husband enjoy attending UNC football games and sharing their love of the campus with their visitors, including climbing the bell tower, Tarheel Town and getting a game day button from Shrunken Head.

Emelyne Williams
Emelyne Williams

A native or Lenoir, North Carolina, Emelyne (“Em”) Williams attended UNC Chapel HIll after graduating from Hudson High School. At UNC she was an English major who decided she may one day want to teach, and graduated with a BA in Secondary English Education. After graduation, Em moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she worked for Georgia Power for almost 35 years. Her main area of focus was marketing and communications for the utility’s internationally recognized community and economic development department, whose offices are located at Technology Square in Midtown Atlanta. Looking forward to moving back to North Carolina, Em took early retirement from Georgia Power in 2016 and is now very happy to be living once again in Lenoir. She has become active in Lenoir Presbyterian Church, where she serves as a deacon. Em also volunteers in the pharmacy at Helping Hands Clinic, enjoys being a member of a local book club and a garden club, and plans to become a hobbyist beekeeper. She’s excited to be a part of the Foothills Carolina Club leadership team!

Trisha Crutchfield
Trisha Crutchfield

Trisha Crutchfield is proud to be a Tar Heel and is excited about being the Treasurer of the Foothills Carolina Club! After graduating from East Burke High School, Trisha attended UNC-CH where she earned a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Information Science, as well as a Masters in Healthcare Administration. Post graduation, Trisha worked at UNC–CH for six years as a Project Director, where she oversaw healthcare research projects across the state through the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (a CDC Prevention Research Center) and the Lineburger Comprehensive Cancer Center. During her time working at UNC-CH, she authored numerous journal articles and participated in the University’s Leadership Development Program. While working in Chapel Hill, Trisha also attended the North Carolina Central School of Law’s Evening Program to become an attorney, and in 2019 she started her own law firm, Crutchfield Law, PLLC. Trisha currently offers legal advice and services to individuals as well as organizations. She has also provided healthcare, technology, and other consulting services for more than a decade. Trisha is involved in a wide variety of community activities including providing pro bono assistance through Legal Aid of NC, serving as a Guardian ad Litem, and participating in the Burke County Beekeepers Association.