Meet The Servant Leadership Institute Team

It’s not just about teaching the principles of servant leadership at the Servant Leadership Institute—it’s about living and breathing those principles every day.

Each and every member of the Servant Leadership Institute team, from our Founder and CEO Art Barter to our trainers and administrators, is passionate about serving first.


 Art Barter

Art Barter

Founder & CEO, Servant Leadership Institute
Owner & CEO, Datron World Communications, Inc.

Art Barter started his journey with servant leadership, by bringing servant leadership to his company, Datron World Communications. After purchasing Datron in 2004, he implemented a "serve first" approach, catapulting the company's worth from $10 million to $200 million in just six years.

Wanting to share with other leaders what he learned at Datron, Art founded the Servant Leadership Institute in 2010.

In 2015, Art was recognized as a Top 30 leader at the John C. Maxwell Leadership Awards. He has also been named by the Trust Across America organization as a Trust Top Thought Leader in both 2017 and 2018.

He loves seeing the professional and personal lives of the people he works with change and evolve as a result of the servant leadership mindset.


City: Carlsbad, CA

School you Graduated From: Cal State University Fullerton

Hobbies: Music, Golf

Favorite Book: The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Favorite Movie: The Hunt for Red October

Favorite Quote: "How you get results is more important than the results themselves."

Favorite Travel Destination: Palm Springs

Favorite Servant Leadership Behavior: Listen to Understand


 Robin Swift

Robin Swift


Robin Swift works tirelessly to share the "serve first" mentality in her role as president of the Servant Leadership Institute.

One of her most powerful servant leadership experiences involved working with Art to provide a nearby company with a vacant space in the SLI building when this company experienced a fire. She witnessed their disbelief when Art Barter and the rest of the team didn't ask for anything in return.

Every time a servant leader steps up, it's a powerful thing, which is what keeps her returning to servant leadership time and time again.


City: Carlsbad, CA

School you Graduated from: Cal State University Chico

Hobbies: Walking Rocky the dog with hubby, golf, tennis, cooking

Favorite Book: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption

Favorite quote: "A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Favorite Travel destination: Anywhere there is a golf course

Favorite Servant Leadership Behavior: Serve First – This mindset has made all the difference in my life.


 Carol Malynski

Carol Malinski

Director of Content and Curriculum

City: San Marcos, CA

School you Graduated from: San Jose State University

Hobbies: Reading, training and playing with my dogs, hanging out with my family

Favorite Book: The Maxwell Leadership Bible

Favorite Movie: The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

Favorite Travel destination: Hawaii

Favorite Quote: “Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.” -Martin Luther King

Favorite Servant Leadership Behavior: Think about Your Thinking

A Servant Leadership moment: When leaders at my company gave their own PTO time to help employees during difficult financial times for our company.


 Diana Aaron

Diana Aaron

Director Of Charitable Fund And Sponsorships

City: Carlsbad, CA

School you Graduated from: University of Hawaii

Hobbies: Volunteering and helping non-profits, walking the seawall, random acts of kindness, play with my cat Cally and plan family get togethers

Favorite Book: The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann

Favorite Movie: Gone with the Wind

Favorite Travel Destination: Lanikai, Hawaii

Favorite Quote: “Be the change you wish to see the world.” - Gandhi

Favorite Leadership Behavior: Serve First- I truly try to remember to ask the question “How can I serve you?”

A Servant Leadership Moment: Last Christmas Datron adopted an aged out foster youth that had been kicked out of his home at the age of 18 with no basic support. Luckily he found North County Lifeline and is now on a path of self-sufficiency and living in an apartment. When we received his Christmas wish list it was all about school supplies (he was attending Mira Costa), basic hygiene items, a blanket, a towel (not a set but one towel), bus pass and gift cards to grocery stores. I went back to the counselor and asked if there was a Santa Claus what would this young man ask for? She said he would ask for an x-box so he could get the guitar program and also other games to have fun and relax. Datron employees stepped up and provided all the basic needs as well as an x-box with programs! The young man was blown away that strangers would do something that generous.



 Lisa Courtemanche

Lisa Courtemanche

Executive Assistant

City: Fallbrook, CA

School you Graduated from: University of Mississippi 

Hobbies: Piano, Crafts, Gardening, Cooking, Balloon Art

Favorite Book: Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Favorite Movie: The Red Violin by Alastair Macleod

Favorite Travel destination: Yosemite National Park

Favorite Quote: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin

Favorite Servant Leadership Behavior: Listen To Understand

A Servant Leadership moment: Not long after joining the company, I had to pick up my son in the middle of the work day. Nervously pondering what to do with him for the remainder of the day, I picked him up from camp, and returned to the office. Upon entering the building, I ran into our CEO at the elevator. After a quick introduction to my son, our CEO looked me in the eye and said, “Today, your priority is him (my son), not me. Take care of him.” What a relief! Even our CEO exhibits the behavior “Live Your Values”, in which value number one is “Our families come first.” Such a change from what previous companies expected!


 Bryan Malinski

Bryan Malinski

Digital Marketing Specialist

City: Oceanside, CA

School you Graduated from: Cal State University, San Marcos (in progress)

Hobbies: Skateboarding, Hiking, Exercising

Favorite Book: Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

Favorite Movie: Almost Famous, The Shining

Favorite Travel destination: New Zealand

Favorite Quote: “There go my people; I must run and catch up for I am their leader” - Mahatma Gandhi

Favorite Servant Leadership Behavior: Add Value to Others

A Servant Leadership moment: Sitting in meetings/ discussions with people of different backgrounds and seeing people open up, engage, and treat each other with respect, and with genuine interest.


 Cassie Onori

Cassie Onori

Administrative Assistant

City: Oceanside, CA

School you graduated from: Palomar College (in progress)

Hobbies: Running, hiking, and hanging out with my kids

Favorite Book: The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Favorite Movie: True Romance

Favorite Travel Destination: I haven’t traveled much, but Big Sur and the Redwoods are on my list

Favorite Quote: “I am an eternal optimist. No matter how rough it gets there is always a light somewhere. The rest of the sky may be cloudy, but that little bit of blue draws on me.” - Paul McCartney

Favorite Servant Leadership Behavior: Add Value to Others

A Servant Leadership Moment: Seeing the impact that bringing the Servant Leader mindset into my home has made on my kids.


We are a group of compassionate leaders who find meaning and purpose in everything we do with Servant Leadership Institute. We encourage you to get to know us!

Meet Our Trainers


Rodney Jackson

Senior Consultant, Trainer, and Coach

Delia Mallory

Senior Consultant, Trainer and Coach

Jeanne McGuire

Senior Consultant, Trainer, and Coach


Claudia Pratson

Senior Consultant, Trainer, and Coach

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Phil Urbina

Senior Consultant, Trainer, and Coach


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