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(707) 666-3598
Post Office Box 67
Napa, CA 94559


Community Advisory Board

Napa CART is incredibly thankful for the leadership and support of our Community Advisors.  These organizations provide oversight and guidance for our planning, animal experienced volunteers, financial resources, and support the integration and utilization of the Napa CART team within Napa County's broader disaster response plans.  Napa CART would not exist without the support and leadership of Napa County and these amazing organizations.


Napa CART brings together volunteers with a broad range of relevant skills, including veterinary, operations, incident management, volunteer coordination and financial experience.


Claudia Sonder, DVM

President and Board Member

Claudia Sonder, DVM is a 1995 graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She served as the Director of the Center for Equine Health at UC Davis from 2012-2016, and worked to improve Disaster Preparedness for horse owners and veterinarians during her tenure, in collaboration with IAWTI and BARTA. Dr. Sonder is an Associate with Napa Valley Equine and has practiced in the Napa Valley since 1997.  She sits on several boards serving equine welfare, and has responded to multiple large scale disasters.


Saanen Kerson

Vice President, Secretary and Board Member

Saanen was born and raised on a farm, where her family raised dairy goats, saddle horses, donkeys, a mule, chickens, cows, pigs, llamas, sheep, and farmed with draft horses.  Her family founded and has directed Vine Village since its inception in 1972 and she is currently Associate Director, Certified Administrator, and Client Care Manager of Vine Village, Inc. She attended local schools and graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a member of the Cal softball team.


Sheila Edginton

           Treasurer and Board Member          Large Animal Shelter Coordinator

Sheila Edgington is the Treasurer and Board Member of Napa CART. She is a Senior Underwriting Analyst with The Doctors Company and has been Treasurer and Board Member for Napa Valley Horsemen’s for the past 7 years. She has a passion for helping animals and was excited to volunteer with a group of like minded people. Sheila was born and raised in Napa and resides with her husband, 2 children, 4 horses, 2 mini goats, and 30 animals on a small farm in the Coombsville area.

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Mike Kerson

               Field Operations Co-Leader                Advisory Board Member

Mike, along with his wife, Nancy, and their daughter, Saanen, has been involved with NapaCART from the beginning.  He accompanied Dr. Claudia Sonder to Lake County during the devastating Valley Fire in 2015 and was very active in NapaCART’s efforts during the Wine Country Complex Fires of 2017. 

In 1976, Mike purchased a team of Belgian draft horses and used them on the Kerson ranch and in parades. A Belgian/quarter horse cross foal was born at their ranch and lived there to the age of 33. In 2000, Mike adopted Ruby, a mustang filly from the BLM Wild Horse and Burro program. Mike trained Ruby and rides her and a fine mammoth donkey named Spike. Both Mike and Nancy became active BLM wild horse program volunteers, gentling and training many mustangs for adoptions. They have 5 mustangs, a mule, 2 donkeys, a dog, three cats, and a flock of chickens

Mike, as “Video Mike Productions,” has made horse, mule, and donkey training videos for 6 equine trainers, and numerous documentaries featuring equines.

He has been the Executive Director of Vine Village in Napa, a non-profit residential and day activity ranch for people with developmental disabilities for 46 years.


Nancy Kerson

              Field Operations Co-Leader              Advisory Board Member

From early childhood, animals of all kinds have played a big role in Nancy’s life. As a child, when people asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up, the answer was simple: live in the country surrounded by animals! (It was only much later that she realized this question was actually about making money…)

After graduating from the University of New Mexico in 1970, Nancy taught school on a remote island in Alaska before marrying Michael Kerson and coming back to the “lower 48.” In 1972, the two, along with Mike’s parents and another man, founded Vine Village, Inc. a 501c3 program for people with developmental disabilities. They continue to direct the program today. 

As a volunteer for the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse & Burro Program, Nancy has been Chair of Napa Mustang Days since 2007, and has been an enthusiastic student of Horsemanship since she adopted her first Mustang, Sparky, in 2001. Nancy and Mike both have gentled and halter-trained several wild horses for the BLM adoption program, and their own personal herd now numbers 5 mustangs, a mustang mule, a BLM burro, and a mammoth saddle donkey. They also have a dog, 3 cats, and a flock of chickens.

Nancy has been active in Napa CART activities almost from the beginning. Currently she serves as Field Operations Co-Leader.


Karen Schenck RVT, B.S., EdS

Volunteer Coordinator

As a new member to Napa CART'S leadership group, Karen serves as volunteer coordinator in partnership with Megan and Vicki. Karen's background in veterinary medicine, wildlife management & rehabilitation and emergency room management serve as a great segue into animal advocacy.

A city girl initially, she was born in San Francisco but got toted around the country in an Armed Forces family for many years. Once rooted back in the Bay Area, she promptly left for San Diego to complete a degree in Biology at SDSU and work as a field biologist. Back in the Bay area again years later, she started a rewarding 30 yr career in veterinary nursing and administration. She now teaches veterinary nursing in the Bay Area. She and her family live in Napa with 18 other critters (horses, sheep, chickens, dogs, rabbits, parrots, fish, guinea pigs and an occasional lizard/snake). There hasn't been a day in her life that she hasn't shared her home with animals so that's where her passion for caring for and helping them comes from.


Vicki Dawson

Volunteer Coordinator

Vicki Dawson grew up loving animals, but especially horses.  Her dad taught her to ride when she was 4 years old and she has not stopped since. She graduated from Humboldt State University in 1992 with a BS in Wildlife Management. Today she resides in Vacaville with her family and is very active in her community.  She is not only a member of Napa CART, but also NVADG and she is the founder and President of neighboring Solano CART.


Allen Harrison

Transportation Lead

Allen Harrison graduated from high school in 1976 and joined the US Army. He spent 8 years in the army working as a mechanic. After an honorable discharge in 1984, he went to work at Davey Tree, trimming trees for PG&E. In October 1989, Allen began working at CalTrans and worked on the tree crew for 10 years, then transferred onto a road maintenance crew as an equipment operator. In 2001, he became a qualified trainer for commercial driver license, and equipment qualification. He started supervising the crew after being promoted to Lead Worker in 2014, but continues to train employees. Allen has had horses for 20 years and 2 donkeys for 8 years.


Megan Van Coutren

Operations Manager

Megan Van Coutren has lived in Napa Valley most her life. She moved to San Luis Obispo to attend college at Cal Poly. In 2004 she graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science and a minor in Equine Science.

After college, Megan worked in various positions in the equine industry, but in 2009 was introduced to Dr. Claudia Sonder and began working as a large animal veterinary assistant at her practice. In 2013, Megan became the Office Manager at the veterinary clinic.

Megan volunteered during the 2017 fires in Napa and in late 2018 she officially became part of the Napa CART team as Operations Manager.

Megan lives in Napa with her husband and their two girls and continues to manage the office at Napa Valley Equine.

How You Can Help

Safe, humane rescue, evacuation and sheltering of animals requires well-trained first responders, veterinary professionals and volunteers.  Are you a First Responder or Veterinary Professional ?  Become trained in animal trauma and rescue through our training programs for professionals.

Trained community volunteers provide much needed additional support and resources during natural disasters and emergencies.  Volunteer and become certified to provide assistance in emergency situations.

Donations enable us to provide the education, advocacy, specialty equipment and care that ensures the best outcome for companion animals and livestock in emergency situations.