‭(845) 379-4725‬ info@CultureConnectRBK.org P.O. Box 590, Rhinebeck, NY 12572


CollegeConnect helps students in our community who are the first in their family to seek higher education. CollegeConnect offers free college counseling services to students in Rhinebeck and Red Hook who are the first in their families to attend college. We help high school students and their families explore options for college. We talk with families about the benefits of education after high school. We offer support in applying for financial aid and in finding and applying for scholarships to help pay for college. We work in collaboration with our local school districts.

CollegeConnect team members can:

  • Talk with students, who are the first in their families to consider college, and their parents about the options for attending college
  • Help with applications for scholarships and financial aid
  • Share the experiences of other local families who have been successful with the college application process
  • Provide financial help for preparing for the college entrance exams (SAT and ACT)
  • Set up visits to nearby colleges and universities

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to send a text message or call: 845.379.4725
You can also send us an email (in Spanish or English) to: collegeconnect@cultureconnectrbk.org

Members of the CollegeConnect committee: Isabelle Burkhart, Lisa Reticker, Susanne Callahan, Kiki Steele, Sandra Moore, Rachel Coates, Christine Welker, and Deirdre Burns. 

CollegeConnect counselors (l to r): Rachel Coates, Sandra M. Moore, Kiki Steele

Rachel Coates grew up in England and moved to the U.S.A. after completing her bachelors/masters degree at Oxford University, where she studied Latin, Greek and ancient history, and then went on to have a twenty-year career in technology management at The New York Times and the Paris-based International Herald Tribune. Since 2006 she has worked extensively in private practice with a wide range of students in the New York area, around the nation and in Europe.

Sandra M. Moore, M.A., is an independent educational consultant and founder of Next Step College Counseling (Next Step CC, LLC), which she established in 2008. A former college admission director and lifelong educator, Sandra helps students and their families navigate all aspects of the college search and admission and financial aid application processes and expertly guides them in discovering and becoming viable candidates for “best-fit” (and affordable!) colleges and universities.

Sandra is a professional member of the Higher Education Consultants Association, Independent Educational Consultants Association, National Association for College Admission Counseling and New York State Association for College Admission Counseling. She sits on the affordability subcommittee of IECA’s College Committee, which provides information and training to the association’s membership. In that capacity, she has been a presenter at IECA’s national conference in Denver and most recently helped create an IECA infographic on how to pay for college. A frequent speaker at local venues, Sandra writes a popular blog, “College Aid,” hosted by the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Kiki Steele, Independent Educational Consultant, holds a Certificate in College Counseling from The University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.S. from Emerson College. She is a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), as well as a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors and her state NYSACAC. She has also attended the IECA Summer Institute for College Counseling. She travels extensively touring colleges all over the United States and Europe. Kiki spent twenty years working in Television Production in Los Angeles and New York City, before turning her attention to College Counseling after going through the process with her own children. Kiki is the Immediate Past President of Rhinebeck Rotary and on the Advisory Board of Hudson River Heritage, in addition to her extensive Pro-Bono college counseling work with underserved communities.




CollegeConnect ayuda a los estudiantes de nuestra comunidad que serían los primeros en su familia a buscar educación superior. Ofrecemos servicios de asesoría universitaria sin costo y ayudamos a los estudiantes y familias a considerar todas las opciones para acceder a la universidad y/u otras alternativas de educación superior. También ofrecemos apoyo en la búsqueda de ayuda financiera y becas y en la comunicación con los miembros de la familia sobre los beneficios de la educación después de la escuela secundaria. Trabajamos en colaboración con el distrito escolar.

CollegeConnect puede:
• Ofrecer la oportunidad para platicar sobrela opcion de asistir a una universidad • Ayudar a gestionar aplicaciones para becas y ayuda financiera
• Platicar sobre la experiencia de otras familias locales quienes tuvieron exito con el proceso
• Ayuda financiera para la preparación del SAT (un examen)
• Ayuda financiera para visitar universidades cercanas

Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en enviar un mensaje de texto o llamar a: 845.379.4725 También puede enviarnos un correo electrónico (¡en español!) at: collegeconnect@cultureconnectrbk.org

Miembros del comité de CollegeConnect: Isabelle Burkhart, Lisa Reticker, Susanne Callahan, Kiki Steele, Sandra Moore, Rachel Coates, Christine Welker, y Deirdre Burns.