Katerina was born and raised in New York City. While attending Dominican Academy, she was a member of the National Honor Society, president of Shakespeare club, and vice president of the debate club. Katerina also interned as a guidance counselor and volunteered at a soup kitchen while she was at Dominican Academy. During high school, she began competing in pageants as well.
Katerina competed for both the National American Miss New York Jr. Teen and Teen titles over a span of four years, placing in either the top 15 or top 10 each time. During this time, she consistently placed as 1st Runner- Up or won the acting competition that was held during the pageant. She later won the title of Miss Empire State Teen 2015 and competed at the Miss American Teen national pageant. Here, Katerina won the national academic achievement award. During her senior year of high school, Katerina was crowned Teen Miss New York Earth USA 2016. She represented New York at Teen Miss Earth USA 2016.
After graduating from high school, Katerina moved to Minnesota in order to attend Carleton College, a top 5 liberal arts college. She is currently majoring in Sociology and Anthropology and minoring in Public Policy and Education. She held the title of Miss Teen Minneapolis United States 2018 and competed for the title of Miss Teen Minnesota United States 2018.