Karine Tollenaere was born in 1967. After her studies at the University of Ghent (Classical Philology and Economic Sciences), she had a flourishing career as an executive in the international logistics sector.
In July 2015 she contracted breast cancer with metastasis in the armpit and developed lymphedema. The resulting clothing problems prompted her to design her own clothing line for lymphedema patients and those at risk of developing this chronic condition. The clothing line was christened 'Neliane'. With this clothing line Karine helps many fellow sufferers who often have a very hard time psychologically with this incurable condition.
Karine has been a member of the executive board since September 2019 and is mainly involved in organizing events concerning lymphedema (info evenings, LymphAday, Beautiful Day).