BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Founder /President /CEO
A native from Colombia South America where she grew up in an artistic environment. Her formal academic studies includes a degree in Marketing and Fashion Design. Her entrepreneurial spirit has given her the opportunity to start several businesses. Her experience includes working in the fashion, (Model and Fashion and Interior Design), financial (Loan Officer), artistic (Actress, Singer and Dancer) and medical industry (Owned a Distribution of Aesthetic Medical Equipment). Being an activist committed to help her community, Liliana was appointed as one of the Maryland Governor Commissioner on Hispanic and Real Estate affairs . She was also the Director of Operations of Comunidad Latina de Washington County, MD.She was awarded a Grant from the Maryland Traditions Arts & Council to promote a Colombian traditional dance, “Cumbia” and was part of the Maryland Folklife Festival in Baltimore, MD in 2013. Liliana has created multicultural events like the First Latin American Folklore Gala on December 2012 showcasing traditional dances from the Latino world, The First and Second Annual Latin American Cuisine Celebration on September 2013,and October 2014 promoting the gastronomy of several countries of Latin America, The First Hispanic and Awards Gala to unite and recognize those who are “Orgullo Hispano” (Hispanic proud). This event recognized those who have made a positive impact within the Hispanic community in Washington County, MD.
Liliana, got a certification as a Zumba Instructor giving her the opportunity to host Zumbathons to raise funds for many organizations including
St. Judes Children’s Hospital,
MS Association and ALS Foundation just to name a few. Etnika Foundation was recently (October 2014) accredited as
the Newest U.S. National Federation of UNESCO club associated to their mission.
She was as well appointed as Director of Culture & Coordinator for Latin
American Region of UNESCO USA. She is now part of the Dance Panel to evaluate the Grants that Arts & Council of Maryland will give in 2015 for dance studios and dance organizations.
Prior to founding KONARE PLLC, Mr. Konare was an attorney at Cleary Gottlieb LLP where he focused on antitrust and structured finance.
He has received a LL.M. in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center in 2003 and a J.D. cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 2002. From 2002 to 2003, Abdoul served as a Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) in Washington, DC.
Mr. Konare is a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia and Michigan.
Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque
Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque is a native of Bogotá, Colombia. She grew up in New York City and earned her B.A. in Anthropology & Latin American Studies from The University of Vermont. She worked in a variety of non-profit organizations serving multicultural families as well as providing group therapy support to individuals dealing with domestic abuse issues. Later she decided to focus on the education of students with disabilities and earned a M.A. in Exceptional Education from The University of Central Florida. After teaching for twelve years in both public and private settings to students with a diverse range of abilities with a focus on world literature Catalina began her freelance writing career writing for the Baltimore area and national online and print publications dedicated to family, technology, gay and lesbian family travel, non-profits, and people with special needs. She writes poetry, children’s literature, and creative non-fiction as well as technical writing as a grant writer for non-profits. Catalina heads the Mami,Mom/Papi,Dad GLBTQ Family Life Project and can be found writing on her blog, on twitter @writeidea, or FB.