Board of Directors

This incredible cycling community is infused with the spirit and energy of the women on the Board of Directors, ride leaders, and the members themselves.

Here’s a little about the leadership to get to know us better as a whole.

Patty Nilsen, President, Board of Directors, Petunia Mafia Cycling

Patty Nilsen

Founder, President, Sponsorship Director, & Kit Designer

Patty founded this team. Her childhood nickname “Petunia” found its way into Petunia Mafia. As a professional designer, Patty creates each and every year’s kits and accessories.

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Brittany Puzio, Board of Directors, Petunia Mafia Cycling

Brittany Puzio

Vice President & Marketing Director

Brittany loves getting women into cycling and she’s so very good at it. She’s been in the cycling industry for years and has been a Liv Ambassador. Her motto: “Look pro, ride slow.”

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Tanya Gessner, Petunia Mafia Cycling

Tanya Gessner

Mountain Bike Genre Director

Tanya is a long-time mountain biker who’s ridden across the world, from Whistler to Scotland, Bali to Betasso. She has a passion for empowering women to enjoy mountain biking and IPAs as much as she does.

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Lila Jaworski

Gravel & Road Genre Director

Lila’s extensive running and hiking experience serve her well for long-distance cycling. She’s a powerhouse on 2 wheels and a master at route creations. Lila adds mere-mortal-can-do rides to holy-shit-hang-in-there legs climbing days.

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Kyla Claudell, Board of Directors, Petunia Mafia Cycling

Kyla Claudell

Happiness Director

If you haven't met Kyla yet, you'll get to soon! She's our hostess with the most-est organizing all our Petunia events.

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Katie Fidler, Petunia Mafia Cycling

Katie Fidler

Technology Director

Katie joins us on the Board after being a ride leader that has gotten us out on some truly epic rides. Now she's in charge of it all, I mean where would we be without TeamSnap!?!

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Michelle Dickson, Board of Directors, Petunia Mafia Cycling

Michelle Dickson


Michelle keeps the rubber side down as our greenie leader queen and is now helping keep our books upright and oh-so-organized.

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