Owner and Trainer
Shannon Pondella, owner and creator of surface fitness, earned her Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. She has also earned her Certified Personal Trainer certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Along with her personal trainer certification, she has also earned her Youth Fitness Specialist, Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist certification.
She specializes in sport specific training, team training and injury prevention sessions. Not only is Shannon at the gym teaching fitness classes and private sessions, she is also running physical education programs at many local preschools and elementary schools in the area. Her strong passion for helping children started in sports facilities and on the field. Whether it is a personal training session or a group class, she knows and indulges in the importance of helping children and providing a foundation for a lifetime of physical activity and good health.
Shannon’s favorite ways to move are running, hiking, spinning, swimming, circuit training and pilates!
Jacqueline Meneses graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and an emphasis in Applied Fitness & Active Lifestyle. Jacqueline began working with children by taking a Children’s Motor Development class where she taught ages seven to eight year olds physical education. She has also taught many clients with disabilities in aquatic therapy at The Brown Center of Achievement. Jacqueline started teaching youth fitness classes at surface fitness in February 2016 and also teaches physical education at elementary schools with the surface fitness team. Her passion to promote active lifestyles for children began at a young age when exercise helped pain relief with her scoliosis. She encourages children to be physically active and live a healthy lifestyle into adulthood!
Jacqueline loves to do different activities on her spare time. She loves to do pilates, yoga, spinning, running, exercising at the local gym and go hiking. During the summer, she loves to wakeboard and snowboard during the winter. Her hobbies include traveling, DIY crafts, and finding new coffee shops!
Michelle McCauley, a Glendale native and former high-level softball athlete, has implemented sports specific principles into her current training methods at surface fitness. Michelle graduated from AIU earning her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Her passion for working with children began when she started working in local daycare centers. Michelle has a fun and energetic personality that caters to her younger cliental, ages 3-6 and her enthusiasm and experience allows for fun and productive sessions that you won’t want to miss.
Michelle’s favorite ways to move are hiking, running and working out at surface fitness!
Diana joins us from Texas where she graduated from Angelo State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She has used her degree to work in schools and mental health facilities to educate and reduce the stigma of mental health. Diana is currently a professional dancer and has worked as a dance teacher, performer, and choreographer in Los Angeles. Dance has allowed her to learn more about overall health and fitness and how to help others. She has a passion for teaching and inspiring children and enjoys being able to combine all of her talents.
Some of her favorite things to do are hiking, yoga, reading, drinking tea, and taking walks. She enjoys trying new things and wants to go skydiving one day!