Office of the President

Jerlisa Fontaine is a senior at the University at Albany majoring in Human Biology on the Pre-Medical track with a double minor in Business and Africana studies. She was born and raised in the Bronx, NY graduating from DeWitt Clinton High School. It is throughout her high school years, that she developed a passion for giving back and being involved in her community. Since her freshman year, here, Jerlisa has been very involved on campus. She has served as a Freedom Funds Committee Member and Chair for the Health Committee of the University’s chapter of NAACP, is the Immediate Past President/Student Advisor of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS), has previously served as a Resident Assistant on Indian Quad, as well as, Housing Manager on Liberty Terrace , and has hosted quite a few events on campus.

Jerlisa’s involvement with the Student Association since first coming to this University in the Fall of 2014 began with off as an intern with the Marketing Department to Associate Director/Director of Marketing the Chief of Staff exhibits the passion she has for the work of the Student Association. Through all of the knowledge that she has gained about this University, she plans on using this to improve the well-being of students.

After completing her undergraduate studies, Jerlisa plans on pursuing a Masters degree in Public Health. Following her master’s, she plans on attending Medical School to become an Obstetric Gynecologist and then, working with the Department of Public Healt h/CDC.. Jerlisa hopes to one day open up her own private practice and potentially open a community center for the arts/STEM in the Bronx.

As CEO/President for the 2017-2018 academic year, you can expect Jerlisa to be working collaboratively with all officials of the Student Association, administration, and organizations on campus to assist in satisfying the needs of the Student Body, both academically and socially. Feel free to reach Jerlisa at

“Find something that inspires you and let that be your motivation through all obstacles you may face in life. Don’t lose track of your dreams.”

Jerlisa "Juju" Fontaine