Katherine grew up in Yokohama, Japan in a bilingual Japanese and Tagalog home. After immigrating to the US in 2002, Katherine attended the University of Massachusetts, where she graduated summa cum laude with a business degree. Katherine returned to Japan in 2009 and worked in the advertising industry focusing on integrating US military interests with local businesses.
Katherine returned to Florida and completed an MBA at Florida Gulf Coast University in 2014. After moving to Fort Walton Beach, she joined Keefe, Anchors & Gordon in 2016. Katherine devotes much of her free time to teaching Japanese to her daughter and other bilingual children as well as cooking Asian and European cuisine.