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Katherine is an artist, designer, and social entrepreneur based in New York City.
She began her career as a fashion model, discovered by photographer Patrick Demarchelier after earning her degree from Villanova University's School of Business. She had previously turned down modeling opportunities to attend college. She has been featured in a variety of modeling jobs in domestic and international fashion markets, between television, magazines, and runway shows, for clients including Diane Von Furstenberg and Vespa.
Katherine left the fashion world twelve years ago, in a move which was featured on CNN World News. She left her private sector career to pursue her U.S. government teaching certification simultaneously with work as a schoolteacher of immigrant children in an inner city for over five years.
An artist since childhood, she developed a series of decorative arts and jewelry during this time which was featured in a show at an art gallery in Europe and has been shown in a variety of locations and worn by public figures.
She continues her jewelry and art designs which express her interest in global culture and philanthropy, having worked with global artisans including those in Kabul, Afghanistan; Cape Town, South Africa. and New York City.
Design partnerships have benefited UNICEF, the Edeyo Foundation, and Turquoise Mountain, NGO. Katherine has recently co-founded and launched Parré Chocolat, an ethical luxury brand, and works directly with farmers in Latin America to generate economic and community empowerment.