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ESA Board Meetings

At this time, all meetings will be held via Zoom.


  • Increase involvement of current ESA members
    • Partner with and participate in more resource groups, projects, and VRPS events.
    • Identify localities that have limited to no individuals at meetings and encourage members to attending meetings and activities.
  • Increase membership
    • Identify strategic ways to increase membership.
    • Connect with Universities (Old Dominion University, Virginia Wesleyan University, and Norfolk State University) and provide general information about the benefits of ESA and VRPS.
    • Plan a spring and fall social for ESA localities to increase networking.
  • Increase communication to new members
    • Create an ESA new member welcome packet.
    • Create a visual online presence of what we do and have to offer.
    • Create a welcome e-mail.
  • Increase revenue
    • Continue to host Summer Survival.
    • Offer a lunch and learn (CEU credits) twice a year.
    • Create a municipality tournament.


To broaden and strengthen the knowledge, influence and diversity of the Eastern Service Area through effective communication, continuous partnerships, responsive services, increasing membership and member agency support.


To unite all Eastern Service Area members, professionals, students, and interested parties in the parks, recreation and leisure service field and provide the opportunity for networking, leadership, new and innovative training, education, scholarships and volunteerism, while fulfilling the mission of VRPS.

2021 Board of Directors

Ryan Gregory, CPRP, Chair

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism


Vacant, Vice Chair

Julia Karasiewicz, Treasurer

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation

Ashley Jones, Secretary

Norfolk Recreation, Parks and Open Space

Roberto Ramos, Immediate Past Chair

Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation

Kimberly C. Turner, CTRS, CPRP, Board Liaison

New Kent Parks and Recreation, Director

Angie Sims, CPRP, CPP, Communications Chair

James City County Parks & Recreation

Vacant, Membership Chair