Special Events and Marketing


To provide an avenue to unite special event and marketing professionals through networking, educational and training opportunities, and VRPS events, while supporting the mission of the Virginia Recreation & Park Society.


  • Provide diverse trainings and meetings each quarter.

  • Increase SEMRG membership and member participation annually.

  • Establish a greater presence within VRPS.

  • Provide informational and educational resources to members.

SEMRG Leadership Team


Administrative Chair

Emily Upton

Logistics Chair
Suffolk Parks & Recreation
Work: 757-514-7256

Joy Johnson

Marketing & Communications Chair
James City Co. Parks & Recreation
Work: 757-259-5353


Membership & Networking Chair

JudiAnn Hawkins-Pond

Training & Education Chair
Hanover Co. Parks & Recreation
Work: 804-774-0120

Arlana Fauntleroy, CPRP

VRPS Board Liaison
James City Co. Parks & Recreation
Work: 757-259-5377

Upcoming Meetings & Events


Quarterly Meeting & Roundtable

Thurs. January 23, 2020

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Join us to discuss current trends or challenges in special events and marketing.

Quarterly Meeting

May 7, 2020, 10 a.m. (Fredericksburg, VA)

Quarterly Meeting

October 5, 2020 (Norfolk VRPS Conference)

Quarterly Meeting

December 1, 2020, 10 a.m. (Hanover, VA)

Past Meetings & Events

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Photo from the Special Events & Marketing Resource Group Meeting

June 4, 2019 in Henrico, VA

Special Thank You to all who were able to attend - see you soon! 

Meeting Minutes