Anthony Salandy, Ph.D., M.S.

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Anthony Salandy founded the Human Development Group with a commitment to improving the social condition of children and families. Starting on Capitol Hill as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Legislative and Executive Branch Policy Fellow from 2001 to 2003, he has spent nearly 20 years working on behalf of children and families around the world. He has led large scale initiatives in philanthropy, education, and the non-profit and commercial enterprise spaces. He has successfully completed consulting engagements with SLBEs and government agencies in the East Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. 

Dr. Salandy also spends his time volunteering with community-based organizations coaching and mentoring at-risk youth. He is a United States Track and Field (USATF) licensed track and field youth coach as well as a licensed and certified youth soccer coach.    

Dr. Salandy holds a Ph.D. and MSc. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University and a B.S. in Biology from Rust College.

Edward Tarlton, Ph.D., M.S.

Strategist – Higher Education

Dr. Tarlton is known as a creative leader and is not shy about utilizing his time, talent, resources, and network to assist others, especially youth, and young adults.

Dr. Tarlton’s academic and professional prowess is underscored by his uniqueness and authenticity, and his commitment to improve the lives of youth and young adults from
underserved communities.

Dr. Tarlton’s work focuses on college and career pathway readiness, from middle school through the doctorate, across all populations: rural – urban, low – high income, non-athlete – athlete, and advantaged – disadvantaged groups. His high-impact strategies have helped hundreds of young people achieve their academic goals and better position institutions to support students and local communities. 

Dr. Tarlton earned a master’s degree in Land Development and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications from Texas A&M University, in College Station, TX.


Vabren Watts, Ph.D.

Strategist – Health Communications

Dr. Watts is a national science and health communicator and health equity expert with proven experience in enhancing visibility of high-profile organizations.

Dr. Watts has a deep background in advocating for health equity for marginalized and minority populations, having served as a spokesperson for the American Heart Association, America Stroke Association, and the American Psychiatric Association.

He has published in multiple peer-reviewed science and medical journals and authored more than 300 articles in news media outlets such as WebMD, Psychiatric News, and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Dr. Watts is a former Science and Mass Media Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacology from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN and completed his postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology in Baltimore, MD.

Kristi Garrett Ph.D., M.S.

Strategist – Learning Management Systems

Dr. Garrett has over 20 years experience in leveraging educational technology and strategic curriculum design to enhance the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development of individuals throughout the lifespan.

She is facile in developing online curriculum using various learning management platforms and computer based training software that are sensitive to unique learning styles and different end users. 

Dr. Garret has led many online courses that has trained thousands of adult and young learners. In addition, se serves on several advisory boards and have received accolades for her expertise in the LMS space.

Dr. Garrett received her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in Instructional Leadership with a concentration in Instructional Technology.She received her Masters in Management from Troy University and her Bachelors in Management Information Systems from Auburn University.

Mecca Salahuddin

Mecca Salahuddin, Ph.D., M.S.

Strategist – Organizational Learning & Effectiveness

Dr. Salahuddin has over 20 years working in Higher Education both at 4-year and 2-year institutions. Over the last 10 years, she has served in various roles focused on institutional effectiveness: Director of Strategic Initiatives and Performance Excellence; Dean of Organizational Learning & Effectiveness; Director of Planning, Research, and Effectiveness; and Manager of Institutional Effectiveness. 

She is highly skilled at using process improvement strategies to achieve high impact organizational outcomes and key performance indicators.  She is adept at designing evaluation studies, conducting analyses. and disseminating findings to inform practice and policy. 

Dr. Salahuddin has a great appreciation for the role relationship building plays in working with individual clients to develop and implement successful planning and implementation processes and other key institutional activities.

Dr. Salahuddin received her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from the University of the Incarnate Word and a Masters and Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.   

Robert Osgood

Robert Osgood, Ph.D., M.S.

Strategist – Infectious Diseases

Dr. Osgood has over 30 years experience in laboratory medicine. His research is focuses on the infectious diseases of biofilms, surface attached microbial communities that have the potential to be beneficial or promote disease.

A large part of Dr. Osgood’s efforts are aimed at enlightening middle school and high school students about careers in STEM through opportunities to participate in off-site camps and engaging lectures at schools – F2F and online. Currently, he is assisting HDG in providing guidance to educators for optimizing STEM labs to online learning platforms.

Dr. Osgood earned his B.S. degree in biology from Jackson State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also completed a 3.5 year postdoctoral fellowship from the Oral Institute at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, AL. 

Our Amazing Staff at the Human Development Group

The Backbone of Our Organization

We could not do half of what we do at the Human Development Group if it was not for our awesome staff and supporters. In addition to our own staff, we also have consultants, educators, interns/volunteers and many other expert individuals who help us help our clients. Rest assured that unlike your average consulting company, we give you individualized attention and support to achieve your goals.