The Ambassadors

Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce

Ambassador Meetings: The last Thursday of every month. Various locations.


by Ryan James, President, Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, 2018

The primary mission of the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassadors program is the retention of existing Kirkland Chamber Members, enlistment of new members, and to serve as goodwill representatives of the chamber at a variety of functions. This energetic group helps maintain contact with other Chamber members while promoting the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce and its purpose.

Ambassadors attend Chamber events and serve as greeters at Chamber functions such as monthly Business After Hours, Luncheons, Ribbon Cuttings and Grand Openings as well as other Chamber activities. Ambassadors are the first contact that new members have upon joining the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce.

photo of Kerry Read, chamber ambassador



The Kirkland Chamber of Commerce would like to introduce you to its new Chair Ambassador, Abdoulaye Touray.

You may have already seen Abdoulaye out and about in the community and recognize his big smile, affable personality and welcoming demeanor as he has lived in Kirkland for the last 8 years.

However, Abdoulaye’s journey began much further away from the Eastside.

He was born and raised in Paris, France, and spent his high school years in The Gambia in Africa. While his roots and heart will always remain strongly connected abroad, he has fallen in love with his new hometown and appreciates giving back to it as much as it gives to him.

Abdoulaye, a grateful and doting father of two young boys, clearly remembers the challenging years he and his family faced after his father passed away. Which is why, as an adult, he devotes time and resources to helping bring joy and excitement into the lives of others. By organizing events and opportunities to get out, to have fun and to enjoy each new experience.

Abdoulaye also regularly sends containers full of donated items to Africa to support those most in need.

You will also find Abdoulaye happily spending time with his boys, being with family and friends, at the golf course, dancing salsa and bachata, and playing soccer. Without question, Abdoulaye also cares deeply about the City of Kirkland and is pleased to share his time to ensure it remains the safe, beautiful and unique locale we all know and cherish.

You can contact Abdoulaye through the Contact Form below.



Brenda is the Membership Director for Columbia Athletic Club at Juanita Bay.  She has been an active member of the Chamber since 1989. Her awards include: Friend of Kirkland (1999); Chamber Member of the Year (2003); Community Service (2016) and is active in the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland. Columbia Athletic Club Juanita Bay was the recipient of the chamber’s Charles O.Morgan Business Excellence Award 2017.


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is a Financial Life Planner with Lincoln Financial Advisors. in Kirkland. She works primarily with geeks and single, divorced, and widowed women, focusing on actions and accountability rather than just numbers.

She also supports DBE, a national charity which helps people who can’t afford their nursing home care.

[Kerry Read is a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., a broker-dealer (member SIPC) and registered investment advisor offering insurance through LFA Limited Liability Company and other fine companies. CRN-2138713-060118]


Scott is Vice President of 1st Security Bank based in the Puget Sound Region. Scott is a past president of the Kirkland Chamber, is currently Membership Co-Chair, the 2019 Public Policy Committee Chair and member of the Town Hall committee. Scott knows what it takes to do business in the Puget Sound Region.


Dr. Penry has been active in the Kirkland Chamber and the community for over 25 years.  He is the President of Lakeview Center Chiropractic, Acupuncture, and Massage-a leading integrative health center on the Eastside. He is passionate about helping people achieve and maintain excellent health! He volunteers for and supports non-profits like Attain Housing, Hopelink, and more.


Troy and Karen Thiel have over 25 years of experience at  The Thiel Team at Windermere Yarrow Bay.  They support charities such as ‘Rebuilding Together’, ‘Attain Housing’ and ‘Habitat for Humanity’.  Their expertise helps many in the community achieve affordable housing.


J works for Polaris Payments and is a professional leader with over 20 years of management experience and a servant’s heart.  He also has over 10 years of IT experience, working with both hardware and software at Microsoft and numerous other IT vendors. J currently supports a new winery, Tinte Cellars. In his down time, Jay enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, mountain biking, skiing, and kayaking sports.


Michael works for Mass Mutual Financial Group and offers a broad portfolio of individual insurance protection, asset accumulation strategies, and financial products and services for high net worth families, businesses, and institutions.


Craig Gaudry is a licensed real estate broker with more than 25 years of experience in the real estate business and is ranked in the Top 1% of Real Estate Agents on a National level. Craig has a home in the Houghton neighborhood of Kirkland where he and his family relax and enjoy their time together.


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