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Kenai River Sportfishing Association
35093 Kenai Spur Highway
Soldotna, AK 99669
Tel: (907) 262-8588
Fax: (907) 262-8582

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Our Staff and Consultants

Ricky GeaseRicky 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 and currently sits on numerous non-profit and fishery boards and commissions, including the Morris Deal Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management, 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 bachelors and masters degree in Biology from Stanford University, and has a Foraker Certificate in Non-Profit Management. He and his wife, Bunny Swan, live in Kenai.


Kelly HankeKelly 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 Non-Profit 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 Peninsula.



Natalie Casebeer - Event Coordinator

Natalie joined KRSA in July 2017 as the Event Coodintor.  Before joining KRSA, she worked for the Peninsula Clarion as a Graphic Designer for 17 years.  She was born an raised on the Kenai Peninsula. Natalie and her husband, Aaron, have been married for 26 years, they have two sons and two gradsons and many family members who live on the Peninsula.


Sarah Douthit - Aucton & 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 bookeeper 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.  As a family, the Douthits camp and fish all summer and enjoy all the adventures Alaska & the kenai has to offer.


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, snowmachining and working on the family cabin in Talkeetna.


Ray Beamesderfer - Fish Sciences 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 a bachelors and masters degrees in fish biology and fisheries resources from the University of California at Davis and the University of Idaho.