Who we are

Apart from a handful of executive staff, HSD is staffed exclusively by former student participants. All in all, we are a team of around thirty college counselors and executive team members, based in America and Japan. Our backgrounds and interests are diverse, but we are united by one thing: we love HSD.


Executive Staff


Celine Zapolski | American Director

Celine lives in the Fairfax, Virginia area and enjoys working year-round in the HSD office, but especially enjoys the summer months when staff members arrive and work together to create HSD magic. She competes on a tennis team, loves cooking for family and friends, and enjoys long walks. 


Tom Tasche | Senior Consultant

Tom is originally from Elk Grove Village, IL, and has been involved with HSD since his student year in 2007. He just finished a master's degree at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs this June, and currently works with a public sector research and consulting firm in Washington.


Kishan Bhatt | Counselor Director

Kishan Bhatt is a recent graduate of Princeton University, where he studied public and international affairs. He served on Undergraduate Student Government, interned with a health tech startup, and sang in the Nassoons, Princeton's oldest a cappella group. 


HSD U.S. Program Staff