Dr. Fontaine has served as Vice President for University Advancement since 2013. She is responsible for providing leadership and administrative oversight for Communications & Marketing, University Fundraising, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, University Events and L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center, Development Services & Stewardship, and as executive Liaison to the Norfolk State University Foundation. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Fontaine served as Chief of Staff.
Dr. Fontaine previously served as Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Effectiveness and Director of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment at Thomas Nelson Community College. Other key positions held include Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Elizabeth City State University (NC), Campus Executive Administrator and Vice Provost at the University of the Virgin Islands; and held teaching appointments at Christopher Newport, Elizabeth City State, Hampton, Central Michigan and Duke Universities.
Prior to joining the academy, Dr. Fontaine had a successful career with Verizon Communications, Inc. in Philadelphia serving as Director in a number of key areas. She holds a Ph.D. in Management from Walden University, and a M.B.A. and B.S. in Business Administration from Hampton University. Additionally, Dr. Fontaine holds a graduate certificate in higher education leadership from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.
Active in higher education, Dr. Fontaine serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Women in Community Colleges, the Urban League of Hampton Roads, and the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. She is active in her church, New Grace Ministries, and previously served on the City of Hampton’s Town and Gown Commission, Rotary Club of Oyster Point, and Board Chair for the Peninsula Crisis Pregnancy Center.
An expert on strategic planning and organizational development, Dr. Fontaine has consulted with universities and companies in Virginia, North Carolina, and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. She has written articles and presented at conferences on equity and women in leadership. A passionate advocate for inclusion and equal opportunity, Dr. Fontaine believes deeply in lifelong learning and affirms that the pursuit of excellence is essential for success. Dr. Fontaine has two adult children and four grandchildren.