Board of Directors
Kevin Barber launched his first BNI chapter in 2005 in Heidelberg, Germany. He is currently responsible for the Region Germany South-West with 39 Chapters, more than 1200 members and a support team of 4 Area Directors and 40 Director Consultants. His chapters have generated a cumulative total of more than 400 Million USD in closed business. After 24 years working as a CPA in audit, industry and the services sector he claims to have had “no idea” what networking was when he started his BNI career.
Kevin has since attended BNI meetings in 27 countries in order to establish a strong international network for his BNI customers. In 2011, he initiated the project “BNI Connect-5”, which will take place for the 6th time in 2017. He has presented at the last four International Directors Conferences on the subject of “Connecting the World” and is regularly invited to speak internationally about “Changing the Way the World Does Business”. He is also responsible for the BNI Foundation in D-A-CH and in early 2016 was named Global Special Envoy to the BNI Foundation by BNI CEO Graham Weihmiller.
For Kevin, Changing the Way the World Does Business means showing the world in everything that we do that “together and for each other” brings much better results than “against each other”.
David Kauffman is the Managing Director and Senior Director Consultant for five BNI regions, Delaware, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Reading and Southern New Jersey that are referred to as the BNI Delaware Valley Regions. BNIDVR has surpassed 125 chapters and continues to grow.
David has been on several Advisory and Executive Boards including The Ardmore Initiative, The Delaware County Community Foundation, The Haverford JCC, The College Settlement Camp, and The Haverford SJCC.He founded and operates the Adaptive Aquatic Program for the Haverford YMCA working with children who have special needs.
David lives in Havertown, Pennsylvania, with his wife Pam. He has 4 children and two grandchildren.
As the Director of Support, Training and Documentation for BNI Connect worldwide, Jeremy helps to keep the BNI Connect project focused and moving forward in a positive and supportive fashion. Since implementing a comprehensive support strategy and help desk in July 2011, the BNI Connect Support Team now provides 24×5 coverage for support questions and issues globally with 99% of inquiries being responded to within 1 business day – 88% of all tickets are solved within one hour of receipt.
So far, the team has responded to over 71,000 inquiries from members and directors worldwide . The online self-help forums on the support website average over 52,000 hits per month with a comprehensive library of hundreds of articles, visual guides and training material. Live and recorded training is available on a monthly basis with hundreds of videos available on the BNI Connect Global YouTube channel which has logged over 149,000 views.
In his spare time, Jeremy owns The Right Click, an IT Consulting business with 17 employees and 2 retail locations. He also volunteers as the Cubmaster for the local Cub Scout troop and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Southern RI Chamber of Commerce. Jeremy’s secret to success is to make sure that every person he works with believes that their issue is the most important one in the world and the only one he is dealing with at that exact moment.
Michael Walchonski, CPA, has served as BNI’s Chief Financial Officer since December of 2014. Based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Michael oversees all accounting and financial operations of the organization and supports the ongoing initiatives of the National Directors in over 70 countries around the world. Michael has previously worked with other franchisors in the healthcare laundry and non-medical home healthcare industries. Michael graduated from Drexel University and is an active member in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He currently serves on the BNI Foundation Board of Directors.
Shelli Howlett is a leader with a passion for helping businesses grow! She owned franchises with Business Network International (BNI) in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio for 26 years and grew them to over 105 chapters and 2,800 members. On Valentine’s Day in 2020, she sold her entire business, took two years off and enjoyed 9 incredible trips.
Upon returning to the business world, Shelli partnered with Eric Strafel, Founder of SUMMi7. She’s, again, leading a team of internal staff and outside consultants to scale companies but this time with a unique business scaling method created by Eric.
Shelli is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan with a BBA and Marketing Degree. She was a contributing author of two books, Masters of Sales and Masters of Success, hitting the New York Times Best Sellers list and Wall Street Journal Best selling list respectively. More recently, she’s completed the Harvard University ManageMentor certification.
Currently, Shelli is a member of WBCS and Women’s President Organization as well as volunteering on the Board of Directors for BNI Global Foundation and supports Friends of Thai Daughters contributing each month for a girl’s education through university including tuition, uniforms, and more.
Graham Weihmiller joined BNI in 2014 to help execute BNI’s strategic plan that includes operational enhancements, continued membership growth, and ongoing global member expansion. Graham is passionate about building successful service organizations that have a remarkable value proposition and a positive social impact. Prior to BNI, he served as the CEO of a 32-year- old nationwide franchisor of homecare services. While there, he was a founding director of a foundation that provides homecare to those who cannot afford it. His previous leadership experience includes roles with Pioneer Equity Partners, American Franchise Company, Bank of America, Booz Allen and JP Morgan.
Edward P. Caine
Ed, Managing Partner of EP Caine & Associates CPA, LLC (a multi-office full service CPA firm), is a graduate of both Lehigh University and Temple University with over 40 years of experience in management and accounting. His clients gain the unique perspective of dealing with a nationally recognized partner who is known for his ability to interpret tax laws and accounting issues that impact clients in such a way that makes it easy to understand.
Ed, a member of Beta Alpha Psi (the National Honorary Accounting Fraternity) is listed in Marquis “Who’s Who in America”. Recognized by his peers, he is a Past National President of NCCPAP (the second largest CPA Organization in the United States) and has been listed as one of the 100 most influential CPAs in the country. Ed is also a member of both the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) and the Pennsylvania Society of Tax and Accounting Professionals (PSTAP).
At the request of the IRS, Ed serves on the steering committee for the annual Eastern Pa “Working Together Conference”, the largest conference for CPAs and Tax Attorneys in the Delaware Valley. In addition, he is a member of the Pennsylvania IRS Liaison Committee and serves on the IRS National Public Liaison Committee (NPL) which meets monthly in Washington, DC. Each fall, Ed co-hosts the largest tax one-day seminar in both New York City and Philadelphia (attended by over 500 CPAs). In addition, Ed serves on the executive committee and annually speaks on accounting issues at the 3-day tax and accounting symposium held in November in New York.
Ed regularly testifies in front of Congressional Committees on tax issues impacting corporations, organizations, and individuals.
His background includes both public and private practice. He served as the CFO, Director of HR and Director of IT for a major non-profit and was the Chief Administrative Officer for an International non-profit organization. Ed had direct responsibility for the administrative day-to-day operations including 14 offices and 13 other sites throughout North America. Ed was the CFO of both a large accounts receivable management services corporation and a manufacturing firm. In addition, Ed has 8 years of experience in commercial banking in credit, finance, and accounting.
He began his public accounting career first at Arthur Andersen & Co and later with Deloitte & Touche.
He serves on numerous other boards including Golden Slipper Club and Charities (as Chairman of the Board). Ed is Vice-Chair of the Citizens Audit Review and Financial Advisory Committee (CARFAC) of Radnor Township (as well as chair of its audit committee for over seven years). He is a member of both the American Institute and Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs (AICPA and PICPA) and currently serves on the National Council of each.
Ed is a Past President of both the Temple University School of Business and Management Alumni Association and Main Line Reform Temple (the largest synagogue in the Delaware Valley). He is a past chair of the PICPA state-wide Business, Government, and Education (BGE) committee.
Finally, in 1997-98, Ed was appointed to and served on President Clinton’s Roundtable on Race Relations.
Chief Digital Officer
Meena Srinivasan is BNI’s Chief Digital Officer and drives forward Digital Transformation in the organization. Previously she co-founded Scion Social, an award-winning Digital Marketing agency with a global footprint in 2011. In June 2020 Scion Social joined the BNI Family of companies. She is one of the most sought-after specialists in the field of Digital Marketing and has been the recipient of several prestigious industry awards which include the “Top 50 Social Media Professionals” award in India by CMO Asia Council. She has received the “Woman Super Achiever” award by HRD World Congress for her pioneering work in building virtual teams comprised of talented professionals & young mothers back to the workforce. In 2019, Insights Success magazine named her amongst the “Top 10 Most Creative She-prenuers”. Most recently she was awarded with “Dr. Ivan Misner – Excellence in Giving” award for her service to the BNI Foundation. She started her BNI journey, as a member 12 years ago, and is now a Co-Executive Director of Chennai CBD-A region.
With a Bachelors in Information Technology from Coimbatore, India and Integrated Marketing & Communications program from London School of Business & Finance, Meena’s fine blend of technical expertise combined with leadership experience has played a key role in developing long-term organizational growth. “Excellence is a Habit” is her favorite quote and she enjoys building & nurturing world-class teams. Passionate about giving the gift of education to under-privileged children, she actively supports the Building Blocks schools in Bangalore, India. She currently lives in Singapore with her husband Mac Srinivasan and they have 2 daughters. She enjoys music, reading inspirational books and loves travelling with her family and exploring new cultures.
Cheryl Lirette Clark
Dr. Cheryl (Cherie) L. Clark retired from the New York State Department of Correctional Services (NYS DOCS) on November 12, 2010, after 43 years of State Service, 36 with DOCS. During her service she designed and directed three highly successful Total Learning Environments™ for incarcerated felons: Network, Shock Incarceration and the Willard Drug Treatment Campus. All were internationally recognized as the leading programs of their type in the world.
In 2004, research documented more than $1 Billion in cost savings by Shock Incarceration, for the institutional phase alone, and by the time of her retirement, that amount had risen to $1.4 billion, with more than 44,500 graduates of the six-month program. Collateral benefits, impact on families and communities at large, are estimated at more than $2.5 billion, in New York State alone. Additionally, she guided the development of similar programs in more than 23 States and Localities throughout the United States.
Shock and the DTC are also noted for producing the highest rate of General Equivalency Diplomas (GED) of any program in the US. In less than one quarter of the time in an academic program, Shock and the DTC issued nearly twice as many GEDs as all comparison groups.
Dr. Clark holds a Ph.D. from the School of Health and Human Services, Columbia Commonwealth University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY. In addition, Cherie has studied accelerated learning transformation technologies for more than 36 years.
Her doctoral dissertation, 12° Of Freedom: Synergetics and the 12 Steps of Recovery, is considered a groundbreaking work in the field of substance abuse treatment. It includes a comprehensive overview of what she named Social SynergeticsTM, based in the work of R. Buckminster Fuller. 12° of Freedom describes an innovative, fully integrated model for recovery from addictions, and for living a conscious, responsible, joyous life. Her S.M.A.R.T. Choices curriculum, written for a general audience, offers a guide to making choices that enhance the quality of life.
Dr. Clark was co-founder of DOING LIFE® International Inc., an organization working for the greatness of humanity in Universe. She is a partner in Social Synergetics, LLCVisit www.socialsynergetics.com for information about her work. Her Series include DOING LIFE! A Life Skills Approach to Recovery from Addictions, and S.M.A.R.T. CHOICES: A Guide to Making Choices That Work.