Born and raised in Kodiak, AK, much of her life has revolved around the Kodiak Rodeo & State Fairgrounds. Beginning in the early 1990’s, gardening with her Mother at the Community Garden, followed with 4H riding lesson, horse shows and participating in the Annual Labor Day Fair & Rodeo, throughout High School. In 2016, she joined the KRSF Board, with the intention to help bring more community events to the grounds and get projects going to improve the property.
On her down time, she enjoys working with her horse, who lives at the Fairgrounds, and gardening at our Community Garden. She is very honored to be a part of such a hard working non-profit, who all share the same passion for community.
My husband & I run a local commercial fishing business, fishing for salmon, ground fish, and crab as well as tendering in the summer months. We own two boats, the FV Sylvia Star & the FV Insatiable, both home ported in Kodiak. I enjoy outdoor activities such as subsistence hunting, fishing, and gathering; horseback riding, off road ATV riding, swimming, hiking, and gardening. Indoors, I enjoy reading history & fiction books. I also attempt to crochet. Most of all, I enjoy time with family and our grandchildren.
Deborah has lived in Kodiak since 1979. She has been enjoying the fairgrounds for many years by participating in the community garden, volunteering as a riding instructor for 4H and as a horse boarder.
Currently she is the horse boarding facilitator at the fairgrounds and has spent many hours organizing and working alongside other volunteers to restore barns, fix fences, and help maintain the fairgrounds.
Deborah also volunteers at the Kodiak Senior Center leading a Tai Chi/Qi Gong movement for health class.
My Name is Kylee Quass. I consider this beautiful Emerald Isle home with my husband and our three children. I first came to Kodiak at the age of three with my family through the Coast Guard. The fairground is where I fell in love with horses. I started riding at the age of 8 with 4-H. The fairgrounds became my second home and where I learned many valuable lessons. I would love to pass those on to my children and other children around Kodiak. I'm excited to help grow the Fairgrounds, Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair and all that we do with the community.
Domonique Ruiz was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She moved to Kodiak in 2013. She has worked with PKICC as an Administrative Assistant, and a Community Health Specialist at KANA, coordinating for both employees and clients that fell within the Health Services Department. She currently works with Hospice and Palliative Care of Kodiak An organization of neighbors helping each other finish life’s journey with dignity and compassion. She currently serves as a Board Member for Woman's Bay Community Council, and a Director for Kodiak Public Library Association. Domonique views the Kodiak Rodeo Fairgroun Board as an opportunity to elevate quality of life through the fairgrounds mission.