A native of Wilmington, North Carolina, Kristin earned her B.A. with honors in English literature from Randolph-Macon Woman's College. She also holds an M.A. in liberal studies with a focus in the cultural history of photography from Skidmore College and a certificate in documentary arts from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
Her first documentary, The Way to Wanakena, centered on an Adirondack hamlet in Upstate New York. Her second project, Where Hope Finds Home, recognizes refugees who have resettled in Lancaster County. In the document Through the Narrows, Kristin worked with a 1945 Rolleiflex TLR to create a series of black-and-white environmental meditations on an Adirondack river, and in The Beech Grove, also shot with the Rolleiflex, she explored a circle of European beeches at the Lancaster History campus.
Kristin's career as a development communications and campaign strategist for educational institutions spanned four decades. She served as a senior development officer at Williams College, Brown University, and Amherst College before opening her nationally based consulting firm, Kristin V. Rehder & Associates, in 1999, working with over 75 institutions in the U.S. and Canada. She has won numerous national awards for her teaching and communications, including her photography, and her photographs are included in several permanent collections.
Kristin and her partner, Sue Washburn, reside in downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania.