Eastern Service Area

Upcoming ESA Events

ESA Board Meetings

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

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Thursday, August 19, 2021

TBD/End of October (Annual Conference)

TBD/December (Holiday Social)


ESA Meeting Minutes

By the numbers


  • 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

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism 757-926-1448


Vice Chair

Julia Karasiewicz

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation

Ashley Jones

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


Membership Chair