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Karen Lee Furu, American counselor. Licensed professional counselor Montana, certified clinical mental health counselor 1994, master addiction counselor 1998; Registered Nurse Idaho, 1972, Montana, 1973; licensed addiction counselor Montana. Decorated Army Commendation medal with 2 oak leaf clusters.


Furu, Karen Lee was born on May 3, 1950 in Fort Riley, Kansas, United States. Daughter of Jack Alvin and Mabel Lee (Zirk) Stanturf.


Student, Idaho State University, 1968—1970. Graduate, Walter Reed Army Institute Nursing, 1972. Bachelor of science in nursing, University Maryland, 1972.

Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance, Montana State University, 1981. Postgraduate, Montana State University, 1981—1982.


Nurse United States Army Reserve 396th Station Hospital, Helena, Montana, 1973—1992, various positions including chief nurse, chief nursing education & training, head nurse, inactive, 1992—1994. Retired, 1994

Assistant director nursing Hillcrest Retirement Center, Bozeman, Montana, 1974—1977. Staff nurse, team leader/supervisor Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, 1977—1983.

Public health nurse Gallatin County, 1983—1986, private counselor, since 1987. Teacher, consultant Montana Law Enforcement Academy, Bozeman, 1985—1987. With United States Army, 1968-1972, with Army Nurse Corps United States Army, 1972-1973, lieutenant colonel United States Army Reserve, 1973-1994, retired United States Army Reserve, 1994.


Den leader Cub Scouts Boy Scouts of America, 1981—1983, cubmaster, 1983—1984. Former troop leader Girl Scouts United States of America. With State Board Veterinary Affairs.

Elder First Presbyterian Church. Former board directors Montana Community Partners. Member of Army Nurse Corps Association, Montana Clinical Mental Health Counselors Association (past president), American Mental Health Counselors Association, Montana Counseling Association, Reserve Officers Association, Order Eastern Star, Alpha Omicron Pi (former chapter advisor, former chapter relations advisor, treasurer Bozeman alumnae, former corporation president Alpha Pi chapter, honored alumnus 1982).


Married Robert Llaird Furu, June 30, 1971. Children: Robert B., Sandra R.