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Eastern Service Area

Eastern Service Area Board of Directors


2019 Eastern Service Area

Board of Directors


Roberto Ramos

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation


Vice Chair

DeMece Williams




Julia Karasiewicz

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation




Regine Walme-Edwards

Isle of Wight County Parks & Recreation


Immediate Past Chair

Mark Palamarchuck

Portsmouth Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services


Training & Education Chair

Membership Chair

Rebecca Skinner 

Suffolk Parks & Recreation


Communications Chair

Angie Sims, CPRP

James City County Parks & Recreation



Assistant Training & Education Chair

Dr. Eddie Hill, CPRP

Old Dominion University

Human Movement Sciences Department

Parks, Recreation & Tourism Studies Program

Board Liaison

Arlana Fauntleroy, MPA, CPRP

James City County Parks and Recreation




In the Know...

Eastern Service Area Sponsored Membership 

The Eastern Service Area of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society will be offering sponsored professional and student memberships in an effort to promote involvement with VRPS. Candidates will be required to submit a completed application accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a current VRPS member in good standing. Previous or current involvement with VRPS/ESA is not required. Preference will be shown to applicants who have not previously received a sponsored membership benefit from ESA. Applications will be reviewed by a panel. Candidates selected for sponsored membership will be expected to attend ESA meetings and/or fundraising events throughout the year. Applications are due no later than May 31, 2019 and should be submitted to the ESA Chair, Roberto Ramos, at

Eastern Service Area Sponsored Membership Application Spring 2019.pdf

2019 ESA CPRP Bootcamp

BootCamp 2019.pdf

Professional certification is extremely valuable to professionals within the field of parks and recreation, the organization they work for and the public that they serve.   By achieving certification you will demonstrate your high level of commitment and knowledge in the field of parks and recreation, career and professional accomplishments, and your dedication to professional development.

Eastern Service Area's "CPRP Bootcamp" will provide you with an overview of the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification administered by the National Recreation and Park Association. Some colleges and universities have begun to integrate the CPRP exam content into curriculum, not only to advocate for professional certification, but also to better prepare students for when they sit for the CPRP exam. One pilot school's data of the process will be shared. Dr. Eddie Hill, CPRP will facilitate the workshop.
WHEN:  Friday, May 31, 2019 from 9:00am-12:00pm
WHERE:  Old Dominion University, 5115 Hampton Blvd, Student Recreation Center, SRC 1009
Norfolk, VA 23529-0196

Location Phone Number:   757-683-4881
Questions?  Contact Roberto Ramos (757-385-0474)

Online Registration

2019 Summer Survival Training 

SmmrSrvl 2019_ Flyer.pdf

We are seeking dynamic, motivating speakers to provide a unique learning experience that training delegates won’t find anywhere else. Our training theme this year is “Level Up”, a reference to gaining more knowledge to level up your skill set. 

Help share your knowledge and experience to new professionals starting out with their first summer camp.

The training participants will be Parks & Recreation new professionals and students from across Hampton Roads.

Included in this packet you will find:

1) A list of guidelines and standards for speakers

2) A list of potential sessions to jump start the process of choosing a topic

3) The Education Session Proposal Form that must be completed for each proposed session

If you are interested in speaking at the training, please submit a completed Education Session Proposal Form no later than May 3, 2019 to…

Roberto Ramos @             

OR fax the completed Session Proposal Form to:  Roberto Ramos @ 757-430-7402        

Speakers whose proposals that add quality and diversity to the overall education slate will be selected. 

Selected speakers will be contacted with further information.

No compensation will be given to any speakers. 

We are looking for volunteer speakers to present and a great way for new speakers to get experience in front of an audience.

Session times will be as follows….

Session 1 – 9:10am – 10:10am

Session 2 – 10:15am – 11:15am

Session 3 – 12:25pm – 1:25pm

Session 4 – 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Summer Survival Session Guidelines and Standards for Speakers 2019.pdf

Upcoming Events and Meetings



Date, Time and Event:

ESA Board Meeting

January 23

10 a.m. - noon

RSVP (Regine Walme-Edwards,

ESA Board Meeting

April 10

10 a.m. - Noon

ESA Board Meeting

July 12


Bayside Recreation Center

4500 First Court Rd. 

Virginia Beach, VA  23455

Brittingham-Midtown Community Center

570 McLawhorne Dr.

Newport News, VA  23601


General Information



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.

 Click here to view the Eastern Service Area by-laws.