Ricky Gease – Executive Director
Ricky Gease is Executive Director of Kenai River Sportfishing Association, a position he has held since 2004. Prior to joining KRSA, Gease worked as the executive director of the Kenai Convention & Visitors Bureau for two years and as the museum manager of the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center for four years. From 1992 to 1997, he was a park ranger at Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward. Gease has served on numerous nonprofit and fishery boards and commissions, including the Morris Deal Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management, and currently is a member of the Southcentral Regional Advisory Council of the Federal Subsistence Board, the Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board, and the Resource Development Council. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Stanford University and has a Foraker Certificate in nonprofit management. He and his wife, Bunny Swan, live in Kenai.
Kelly Hanke – Office Manager
Kelly Hanke started at KRSA in 2001 as the Event Coordinator, Bookkeeper and Manager. Before joining KRSA, she worked for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for nine years and Choice Realty for six years. Hanke has a Foraker Certificate in nonprofit management, and volunteers for many organizations, such as the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, the Soldotna Elks Lodge, Kenai River Professional Guides Association, Alaska Trappers Association, SAFE Kids Program, Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association, and the Parent Teacher Student Association. She, her husband and several family members live on the Kenai Peninsula.
Natalie Casebeer – Event Coordinator
Natalie joined KRSA in July 2017 as the Event Coordinator. Before joining KRSA, she worked for the Peninsula Clarion as a Graphic Designer for 17 years. She was born and raised on the Kenai Peninsula. Natalie and her husband, Aaron, have been married for 26 years, they have two sons and two grandsons and many family members who live on the Kenai Peninsula.
Sarah Douthit – (Seasonal) Auction & Banquet Coordinator
Sarah is an event planner and avid organizer. She’s been planning events for more than six years as well as helping local business with organization and administration. She’s worked as a bookkeeper and tax preparer for more than 10 years. She and her husband Alex also own and operate a driving-instruction school. Sarah is a busy mom of four boys and has lived on the Kenai Peninsula for more than 25 years.
Kevin Delaney – Fishery Biologist Consultant
Kevin Delaney is a fishery biologist consultant with Kenai River Sportfishing Association. Delaney retired in 2000 after 25 years with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. The last position he held there was Director of the Division of Sportfish. Delaney was an active member of the Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fish Policy Committee and he has worked on various committees with the International Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies and the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Karen, who shares his love of fishing. Delaney also enjoys training horses, hiking, snow machining and working on the family cabin in Talkeetna.
Ray Beamesderfer – Fish Science Consultant
Ray has worked as a contract fish scientist for KRSA since 2001. He is the President of Fish Science Solutions and works on a variety of fish conservation and recovery, fishery management and sustainability, hatchery evaluation, and biological assessment projects for state and federal agencies, Indian tribes, private industry and non-governmental organizations from Alaska to California. He previously worked for 17 years with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fish biology and fisheries resources from the University of California at Davis and the University of Idaho.