Eastern Service Area

Upcoming Events and Meetings

Meeting Minutes

January 11, 2018  Portsmouth

April 12, 2018  James City County

July 12, 2018  Portsmouth

January 23, 2019 Suffolk

April 10, 2019   Newport News

ESA Board Meeting

Thursday, December 12
10:30 a.m.

Old Dominion University
5115 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23529

2020 Summer Survival

Thursday, December 12
1:00 p.m.

258 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA  23510
Games Games and more Games! plus Skeeball, Skeebowling, Air Hockey and More!

Our future Certified Park and Recreation Professionals!!

Thank you to all who attended the CPRP Bootcamp, October 4 at ODU, and taking the first step toward becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional.


  • 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.

2019 Board of Directors

Roberto Ramos

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation

DeMece Williams

Vice Chair

Julia Karasiewicz

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation

Regine Walme-Edwards

Isle of Wight County Parks & Recreation

Mark Palamarchuck

Immediate Past Chair
Portsmouth Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services

Arlana Fauntleroy, MPA, CPRP

Board Liaison
James City County Parks and Recreation

Rebecca Skinner

Membership Chair
Suffolk Parks & Recreation

Angie Sims, CPRP

Communications Chair
James City County Parks & Recreation