~~~~ Alyse McConnell (1968-2021) ~~~~

From all of us at the BBC and OfficeXpats:  Alyse was a Bainbridge Business Connection founding member and long-time steering committee volunteer, and also a delightfully wise counsel to all of us at the Bainbridge Business Connection, OfficeXpats, and our Island community. Her motto at the BBC was “Work, Joy, Imagine” — Thank You, Alyse McConnell (pdf). From Leslie Schneider, OfficeXpats:

Alyse on Caring Bridge: Obituary, Cook Family Funeral Home:





~~~~ Sonia Lien (1935-2016) ~~~~


Founding BBC Regular, from the free-waffles days of the Blue Ocean Cafe, Sonia Lien Vrooman Kahanamoku died on 9 March 2016 at Bainbridge Island Health & Rehab. Sonia was always talking up BBC to everyone she met — she was an entertainer! On the keyboard Sonia sang the piano-bar classics of the 40s, 50s, and 60s, and finally, on the ukulele, developed quite a repertoire of great Hawaiian music.

OceanFest_DukeStatueIn 2010, a year after we started BBC, Sonia discovered her Hawaiian roots and heritage, making joyful connection with her ’ohana in the Islands, and for the first time visiting the grave of her father, Samuel Alapai Kahanamoku. She wrote her story with coauthor K. D. Kragen From Alone To Aloha: The Sonia Lien Story, published in 2011 (                            Obituary: Sonia Lien Kahanamoku Obituary


~~~~ Carolyn Olberg (1948-2015) ~~~~

CarolynOlbergRemembrance to BBC Founding Regular, visionary, and partner BBC creator Carolyn Olberg, who passed away on November 26th 2015.

Thank you Carolyn for your years of support to our fun free friendly community and for your brilliant ideas and business sense which helped shape who we are as the BBC.   Caroly Olberg Obituary:


~~~~ Alice David (1966-2015) ~~~~




Inspiration, artist, and beloved BBC Regular, we all miss you, Alice.

OfficeXpats Memorial Page: Alice David