Eastern Service Area

Upcoming Events and Meetings

Due to Covid-19 precautions and requirements, the 2020 Summer Survival has been cancelled. We are currently planning for the 2021 event!

ESA Board Meetings

Thursday, March 18, 2020                   Brittingham-Midtown Community Center            570 McLawhorne Drive, Newport News, VA 23601


Thursday, May 28, 2020       

Zoom Meeting for all members.

Watch for details via email coming soon.


Thursday, August 20, 2020                           James City County Recreation Center              5301 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, Va  23188


Thursday, October 3, 2020                                 (at the VRPS annual conference)                  Norfolk Waterside Marriott


December  - TBD -                                            Part of the ESA Holiday Social

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

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.

2020 Board of Directors

De’Mece Williams

Norfolk Recreation, Parks and Open Space

Ryan Gregory

Vice Chair
Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Julia Karasiewicz

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation

Ashley Jones

Norfolk Recreation, Parks and Open Space

Roberto Ramos

Immediate Past Chair
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation

Arlana Fauntleroy, MPA, CPRP

Board Liaison
James City County Parks and Recreation

Angie Sims, CPRP

Communications Chair
James City County Parks & Recreation
Membership Chair