Shannon has been featured as a soloist, and in the flute and woodwind sections with various orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera orchestras, musical theatre, and festivals within the United States, Italy, and Mexico. She is the founder and executive director of the Pearland Chamber Orchestra, and is presently principal Flute and Oboe with The Da Capo Chamber Ensembles, and Texas Chamber Symphony, She is a substitute flutist with the Monterrey Symphony, and the Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Opera in the Heights. and has performed with numerous orchestras across the country. She is also an active free-lance musician and clinician throughout the United States, and previously Italy and Mexico.
Shannon is an Distance learning Applied Instructor with William Jessup University and has been on faculty with Brazosport College, Lee College, Houston Community College, and Rochester College. She also has an active private studio, has served as President of the South Central Chapter of the College Music Society and the Houston Flute Club, and served on the National CMS membership committee. She is active with prominent woodwind associations, and has contributed to communities through outreach and enrichment programs.
She received her Masters of Music in Performance from the University of Minnesota. She studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and received her B.A. in Performance and B.S. in Music-Business from Winona State University. Shannon has received grants for her work from the Minnesota State Arts Board, American Federation of Musicians, Rome Festival Orchestra, and the Winona Music Guild, and was the 1997 recipient of the Vivian Menees Nelson Music Award. In 2019 was awarded a Pearland Certificate of Achievement for her work for the community by forming the Pearland Chamber Orchestra.
Shannon and Wayne were raised with and have been around pets their complete lives.
Shannon was trained and worked as a veterinary and kennel technician during and after college. She is also Red Cross pet 1st aid certified, has studied pet obedience training and pet massage.
Both Shannon and Wayne have been petsitting since 1995.
"Our business combines my greatest loves" said Shannon. "It would have been impossible to choose one over the other."
"We have cared for traditional and non-traditional pets from cats and dogs, to horses, birds, fish, snakes, and lizards," "We have enjoyed caring for all of them. Seeing those happy faces when we walk through each door really makes our day!".
My name is Kristi Pon. I am a 4th Grade Reading and Writing teacher. Next fall I will start my eighth year of teaching. I am mom to two adorable cats, Jupy and Luna. My husband and I have been married for almost 7 years. I love all animals. Growing up we had many different dogs which is where my love of animals started. I love reading, spending time with my friends, traveling and music!
Shannon and Wayne have been involved in athletics their whole lives.
Shannon grew up involved in gymnastics and track, and was originally a cyclist by necessity for transportation. "I've seen my share of health issues, which lead me to yoga, and competitive running and triathlon.
Several years ago people began asking me for advice, and it worked for them, and I realized this is 'teaching' which I'd been doing all my life. So I received several certifications (Specialist in Exercise Therapy, Personal Trainer, etc). Then began helping others with their training and nutrition, and overcoming the obstacles of health and medical issues.
I couldn't be more satisfied in my life. The 3 things I love the most: "Music, Pets, Fitness". All are linked by love and helping others. Who could ask for anything more?
2018 ITU Aquathlon World Championship Qualifier and participant for Team USA
Wayne grew up involved in football, wrestling and track. He has remained active throughout his life. His niche had been competitive lifting, but he began to lack cardio conditioning. Shannon's constant training and pestering got him more involved in edurance training, although is powerlifting remains his true love.
Holds the Texas state age group Bench Press Record.
2019 National Powerlifting qualifier and 2nd place age group winner.