Contact Us

(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.

Mike & Monty

Mike Kerson

               Field Operations Co-Leader                Advisory Board Member


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.

Coral Mika

Coral Mika

                            Dispatch                            Advisory Board Member

Coral Mika is the Dispatch Manager for Napa CART and resides in Napa. She is a supply chain management and logistics expert, currently working in the wine industry. Coral is a certified Disaster Service Worker and has worked and trained extensively with other emergency animal rescue groups. She intends to focus on evacuation, dispatch and small animal sheltering within Napa CART. Coral has volunteered with various organizations since the age of 11, with her true passion being animal welfare, rescue and rehabilitation.

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.