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Emily Fontaine


Penacook/Concord, NH

What professional events do you participate in, or what skills or accomplishments have you attained, that sets you apart?

After majoring in English at college, I became a lifetime member of an international collegiate honor society for students of English called Sigma Tau Delta; I am also a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success as well as a National Society of Collegiate Scholars Member. I enjoy ongoing participation in peer-based leadership development and networking through each of these organizations.

What was your first memory of using computers?

My dad bought a Mac Classic in 1990 when I was a toddler, and I remember playing Hangman and Duck Hunt quite frequently in my earliest years. Proof of this exists in perpetuity in the form of a home VHS recording that is funny to watch.

When you’re not found in front of a computer you are…?

Spending time with my incredible partner, Jared. We enjoy kayaking, biking, swimming (Squam Lake is my favorite place), and cross-country skiing. When inside, we enjoy reading, and cooking vegan and vegetarian meals together. 

What was the last great book you read?

Not just one book, but three. The Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance) by Jeff VanderMeer. For fans of fantasy, horror, science fiction, and the New Weird subgenre. Highly recommend.

What is something unique about you?

For an entire year, I lived in an almost totally off-grid cabin in Holderness, NH. I had electricity, but no running water, and I heated solely with a wood stove. I would gather and haul water (approximately 14 gallons per week) from a natural spring in Sandwich, NH. It was one of the most meaningful experiences of my life thus far. 

What would you do if you had an extra 5 hours every week?

Kayak, hike, and read. 

If you could go anywhere for an entire month, where would it be?

I really want to visit the Azores, an autonomous region (archipelago) of Portugal, located in the Atlantic Ocean. I recently learned that my paternal great-grandparents emigrated from the Azores in the early 1930’s, and I would love to visit and learn more about my roots.

What are you most frequently heard listening to?

I listen to (almost) everything from post-rock and progressive metal to pop-punk, electronica/dance, and alternative folk.