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.