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Karen Kerns


Karen Kerns, BM '80
 Southwest Area, Term 2015-2019

Karen (Leik) Kerns, was born and raised in Casper and graduated from UW in 1980 with a Bachelor of Music Education.  After teaching instrumental music in Meeteetse, Gillette and in California, Karen attended law school at the University of Denver, receiving her JD in 1990.  She spent her early legal career in litigation and insurance defense work, followed by a decade as general counsel for a real estate investment trust with a billion dollar portfolio.  

Karen recently retired from full time law practice and focuses her time on music education and outreach in the greater Santa Barbara (CA) community for several non-profits. Karen credits her time in the Cowboy Marching Band, her mentor Ron Kuhn, and her excellent educational experience at UW with being the springboard to an interesting and fulfilling life.  

Karen is married to Jeff Kerns, also from Casper, and they have 3 children in their twenties who are all graduated from college and working in the bay area. Karen is a proud lifetime supporter of UW. 


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