Facilities and Maintenance Manager
Tom has been with Hopewell Recreation and Parks since 2016. Tom is a graduate of Catawba College in North Carolina where he played baseball for four years. Tom was a public schools educator and athletic director in North Carolina for 18 years before moving into the recreation and parks career field where he has held positions with the cities of Randleman (NC) and Colonial Heights. Tom is responsible for the management of Hopewell's more than 200 acres of park lands and oversees all facility maintenance. Mr. Gates played an integral role in the renovations of City Park, Arlington Park, Woodlawn Park, and the King's Court Playground in addition to many other projects across the city. He is a registered Responsible Land Disturber and a graduate of the VRPS Leadership Training Institute.
Recreation Programs Manager
Tabitha joined the team at Hopewell Recreation and Parks in 2017 as the Special Events Supervisor and was responsible for coordinating all of the department's large, citywide special events. Tabitha was later promoted to the Recreation Programs Manager position and now supervises all of the department's programs, classes, leagues, and special events. Tabitha is a graduate of Lynchburg College and holds a bachelor of arts in sports management and a master of education in administration and supervision. Before joining the team in Hopewell, Tabitha worked with Colonial Heights Recreation and Parks, Charles City County Parks and Recreation, and various positions within the private sector. Ms. Martinez was recognized as the Virginia Recreation and Park Society Outstanding New Professional in 2018, one of the state's highest honors, and is a graduate of the VRPS Leadership Training Institute.
Customer Service Manager
Arlethia joined the team at Hopewell Recreation and Parks in 2005. She was initially hired as an Administrative Assistant and was later promoted to Customer Service Manager. She is responsible for all of the department's customer service functions and oversees many of the department's business functions like purchasing, accounts payable, and payroll. She also serves as the department's human resources liaison. Arlethia graduated from St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, VA, where she received her bachelor of science in business administration. She is a member of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society and is a graduate of the VRPS Leadership Training Institute.
Recreation Programs Supervisor - Athletics
Ms. Sherry Leech has been with Hopewell Recreation and Parks since 2008, serving first in a part-time capacity with the athletics division before being hired full-time to manage all athletic programs. She oversees all athletic programs including youth baseball, softball, basketball and soccer. Sherry assists with a number of other program areas and oversees the gymnasium and fitness facilities at the Hopewell Community Center. Sherry has been an athlete all of her life and also enjoys outdoor activities like hunting and fishing. Sherry put Hopewell Youth Sports on the map in 2019 when her Majors All-Stars baseball team won the Dixie World Series, making them the first youth sports team from Hopewell to win a world series and a state championship. Sherry was awarded with a Key to the City for her efforts with the department's youth sports programs.