ACTIVE Pink Mafia Delegates

Over the years, we've had more than 50 delegates. Below are the ACTIVE delegates. If you are a Pink Mafia Delegate and would like to be included on this page, please send an email to sarah@pinkmafiasisters.com with your profile and a current photo. We look forward to hearing from you!

Jennifer Jones - PMS 39 - FEATURED DELEGATE

Jennifer Jones
DZ: Jenn is all over the Southeast especially Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee & Georgia

Jenn is an avid skydiver whose career began at a small family oriented DZ and graduated to travelling around the world. Jenn is approaching 48 hours of freefall, has amassed numerous State, National and World Records including Largest Formation 400 way, Largest Mass FreeFall 960 jumpers and Night World Record 40 way. Jenn is also an AFFI, demo jumper and organizer who loves to teach young jumpers new techniques. Jenn has seen changes in the sport that empower women and wants to contribute to that effort through being a SIS Mentor and Pink Mafia Delegate.

Katie Blue - PMS 86

DZ: Katie doesn't have a "home" DZ! She travels all over the place!

Katie has been skydiving since 2002 and has served in the United States Army since 1998. On the weekends, she enjoys traveling across the U.S. attending boogies or just chilling on the local dropzone with friends. She is known for her contagious smile and positive energy. Katie bears a deep respect for the pioneers of the sport and likes to educate new jumpers on our rich history and tradition (so if you owe beer you better pay up!) Safety first - Katie is conservative in nature and constantly seeks out new learning opportunities - especially from her friends.

Sophia Gountanis Anderson - PMS 908 - 2020 NEW Delegate

Sophia
DZ: Skydive Milwaukee

I was raised in Athens Greece and moved back to the states in 2004. Although I am currently a cosmetologist from McHenry, Illinois, I trained in aerial arts and was part of a community circus for 3 years. In July of 2018, my trapeze group invited me to Chicagoland skydiving center to do a tandem skydive. I was terrified up until we left the plane, then I felt alive. That moment changed my life forever. When we landed, I immediately signed up for FJC. In 2019, I was honored to be inducted by Diana Kruchten #721 and I recently earned a USPA Coach rating. As a Delegate, I want to give back to the sport by coaching and mentoring new skydivers and inducting sisters into our family. I always have Barbie with me...just incase! In my spare time I enjoy tunnel flying, spending time with my 2 pups and motorcycle rides with my husband.

Bella Vilshanetskaya - PMS 901

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DZ: Aerohio and Cleveland Skydiving Center

Bella did her first AFF jump in 2011 and in 2013 she earned her coach rating. Fast forward to 2019: She's working on her AFFI rating and is on track to finish it before fall is here. Bella's is based out of northeast Ohio and splits her time between Aerohio and Cleveland Skydiving Center. With that said, "home" is where the next SIS event is being held. Bella doesn't have a favorite discipline, She's DFW - down for whatever! When she isn't skydiving, she's bartending and she also runs a small tax preparation business to pay for jumps and to keep her two cats in the lifestyle they expect! Bella is looking forward to helping the PMS sisterhood grow.

Elizabeth Young - PMS 877

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DZ: West Tennessee Skydiving

Elizabeth Young, a third grade math and science teacher, did her first tandem in May 2013. Little did she know, after two more tandems, she would be hooked! In 2015, Elizabeth was diagnosed with Mesonephric Adenocarcinoma, a very rare aggressive, cancer. Determined to not let it keep her down, she continued running and skydiving, earning her coach rating later that year. Elizabeth is an advocate for the Foundation for Women’s Cancer and Sisters in Skydiving. In 2016, she organized West TN Skydiving’s first SIS boogie (all proceeds went to the Foundation for Women’s Cancer). Elizabeth continues to advocate and empower women. She is now an AFF-I, holds two TN state RW records, and has 1200+ skydives. Elizabeth is excited to share her love of skydiving and women’s empowerment through the Pink Mafia Sisters. 

Laura Bales - PMS 864

Laura Bales
DZ: Skydive Monroe - Georgia

I have been the Customer Service Supervisor at ChutingStar since 2011. I did my first tandem in September of 2006 at Skydive the Farm. By January of the following year, I had my first rig. I have 500+ jumps, primarily belly.  I'm a big SIS and have my coaches rating. I love being at the dz, but with a daughter I don't get out as much I would like. I have the best job!  I get to help people from around  the world buy new gear and I head up the ChutingStar boogie tour. It doesn't matter if you have 25 jumps or 25,000, I can help you find the gear that's right for you. If you see me under our boogie tent, be sure to come by to say HI!! 

Laurie Farrell - PMS 861

Laurie Farrell
DZ: Skydive Carolina - South Carolina

I made my first tandem in 2008 and completed my A license in 2009. I have 1400+ jumps, 9 hours vertical tunnel and 3 hours wingsuit tunnel.  I am a record holder, participating in the SC female head up state record, NC wingsuit state record and AZ state/National record for most points by an all-female MFS team during Nationals. In my time away from the DZ I enjoy spending time with my goats & pups, as well as wakeboarding and yoga.

Jo McLachlan - PMS 832

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DZ: Skydive Sebastian & Skydive Spaceland Clewiston

Jo first started jumping in 2008 as most begin in the sport, with a tandem. She only planned to do that one jump and “check it off the checklist” but was instantly obsessed. Immediately after that first skydive, she signed up for AFF and tried to spend as much time as possible at the dropzone. In the past 10 years, she’s completed over 1500 skydives, earned a USPA AFF rating, tandem rating (since retired) and multiple state records. The more time Jo spent in the sport, the more she realized there was such a huge lack of women being represented. Since then, she has made it her mission to encourage, engage and inspire fellow female skydivers. Jo's secondary passion is costuming and this passion is exponential when combined with skydiving! Got a great idea for a themed boogie or skydive? Let her know! 

 

 

Lindsay Walton - PMS 823

Lindsay Walton
DZ: Des Moines Skydivers - Iowa | Skydive Kansas City - Missouri

Lindsay's skydiving journey started in August of 2014 with a 5-way tandem jump (thanks to a few amazing friends already in the sport). The following spring, she went through AFF and by 2016, she was earning her C license. She was apart of the Iowa State Women's Sequential / Largest Formation Record (10-way, 2 pt) in 2017, also her home state. She's dabbled a little in CRW - completing her first 2-stack with the one & only, Julie Kleinwort. Amazing experience!! Summer sunset high pulls are among her favorite and as a lover of parachute folding, Lindsay can often be found packing, working with new jumpers on developing their techniques, and is working towards earning her riggers ticket this winter. She's super stoked about this opportunity and can't wait to bring more lady birds into our sisterhood of amaziness! 

Gem Hodges - PMS 812

Delegate Gem Hodges
DZ: Skydive Byron Bay - Australia

Hi, I'm Gem! Skydiving started for me after a few "Sky Jumps" (Las Vegas Stratosphere and Auckland Tower) and a Bungy Jump. Skydiving was the logical next step and despite a few bumps along the way, I've amassed 335 jumps in a year and 10 months in the sport. Day by day I’m an IT Project Manager and I thoroughly enjoy going full pelt at everything I do. I've also medalled at state and national level for 4 way FS and 2 way VFS (state), and I'm truly passionate about helping women and newer jumpers in the sport. I want to continue assisting on coach jumps and star crest days alongside team training to ensure our women feel capable and confident. I love the atmosphere bought to the dropzone when there is a large female presence and I truly believe that more women in the sport is good for everybody. I hope I get to meet you! 

Audrey Snyder - PMS 806

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DZ: Skydive Alabama/ Florida Skydiving Center-Lake Wales

In the Summer of 2015, Audrey was spending the summer in Florida with her grandmother when she stumbled across the sport and fell deeply in love. She started her journey on the packing mat saving every penny she could for jumping. Audrey has a USPA Coach Rating and recently earned her C license. In addition to coaching, Audrey plans to flying video for her dropzone this summer. She will be their 1st female videographer in 8 years! "There's nothing like that first big smile once they got their first dock, I mean the excitement is contagious". "I learn just as much from my students as they do from me". Audrey is studying to be an environmental engineer and full time food connoisseur. In her free time, you can catch her buried under a pile of books, hiking up a mountain or cuddling her precious Siamese cat, Haku. 

Kat Osipova - PMS 801 - 2020 NEW Delegate

DEL Kat
DZ: Skydive Orange - Virginia

I started jumping in 2017 and did my PMS initiation jump with Sarah N before I hit 100 jumps. With only two years in the sport, I went to my first Nationals in 2019 and I now have over 600 jumps. My first LOVE is FS competition, but I also enjoy coaching and organizing newly licensed jumpers. I get to show them the beauty of FS world and hopefully make them a little bit safer in the process. I have been extremely lucky to have a large female presence in my sky life. Learning from and skydiving with some amazing badass women has been wonderful, but it's even better to be able to call them friends. I would love to return the favor to this female skydiving community and I am stoked to be a PMS delegate. Come find me at Orange and jump with me!

Dani Nitafan - PMS 791

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DZ: Virginia Skydiving Center

Hi, I'm Dani! I'm a Radiation Therapist. Born and raised in NYC, but now I live in Hampton, Virginia. I made my 1st skydive at Skydive Hawaii in May of 2016. I smiled from ear to ear for atleast a week. After that tandem, I knew I wanted to pursue skydiving. Later that year, I did my AFF progression at Virginia Skydiving Center which is now my home dropzone. Within 2 years of getting my A-Liscense, I logged over 500 skydives and I currently hold a coach rating. I LOVE to teach. I was lucky to have such amazing ladies mentor me during my early days in skydiving. I'm hoping to do the same for other women. You can find me at a Virginia Dropzone during my days off from treating cancer patients. Let's do a Pink Mafia Jump! 

Bobbi Faulkner - PMS 775

Bobbi Faulkner
DZ: Triangle Skydiving Center - North Carolina

In August 2014, I did a tandem at Triangle Skydiving Center and immediately knew I had to learn how to skydive on my own! With the encouragement of my skyfam, I earned my A license the following year.  I did my PMS initiation jump with Molly Amos at TSC's SIS event in Nov 2016. That jump marked a turning point for me in skydiving.  I became more confident and learned to separate rational fears from irrational ones. Last November,  I earned my coach rating and have been putting it to good use at my home dz, where I am also a big SIS.  I am excited to be a delegate for the Pink Mafia Sisters so that I can give back and encourage other women.  I have been teaching high school English for 18 years (I just switched to Exceptional Children this year), and I feel like teaching is my niche in skydiving.  Blue skies (or should I say pink skies?).

Tracy Bohm - PMS 761

DEL Tracy Bohm
DZ: Skydive Elsinore- California / Skydive Arizona

I made my first jump (tandem) in Chicago in 2005. Before that jump, I told my instructor that I was never going to do it again, but I was hooked immediately!  I am a full blown 4 way addict and have been competing for several years.  I currently live in CA where I work as a full time AFF instructor, videographer, tunnel coach and load organizer.  I have organized and participated in 4 women’s records (2 Costa Rican National Female Records 2017, 2 New Jersey State Female Records 2016), as well as countless WSCR jumps. I love to travel and organize at boogies and was voted Best Load Organizer of 2016 by Blue Skies Magazine (THANK YOU!)!! I was super stoked to finally get initiated into PMS by Chazi while we were both organizing at a SIS event in 2016. #miragegirlforlife

Erica Dawson - PMS 756

Erica
DZ: Skydive Finger Lakes, Ovid NY

In 2009, one of Erica’s MBA students challenged her to get a skydiving license and she signed up right away. She spent two seasons in terror, but after bragging all over campus she couldn’t just quit. One day, Erica decided not to be afraid any longer. From that moment on, it was Game On! With an enthusiasm not necessarily matched by skill (yet), she now spends every day possible in the sky.  She draws on the lessons of the sport in her teaching as a professor at Cornell and obnoxiously works skydiving metaphors into just about every lecture . “Courage is a choice”; “Focus on the thing you want to land on, not the thing you want to avoid”; “Don’t waste time trying to fix what needs to be cut away”, etc. Erica is fortunate share the sky with a group of amazing women at Skydive Finger Lakes and is excited to play a part in expanding the Sisterhood!

Steph Libby - PMS 748

Steph
DZ: Mi-High Skydiving Center - Colorado

After a tandem skydive in July of 2009, Steph eagerly signed up for AFF training at a DZ in Pennsylvania. Steph has worked as a USPA coach and also spent time working manifest. She is always ready to help out wherever she can.  Her favorite discipline is angle tracking, though she will tell you that she loves to do all styles of jumps.  When Steph isn’t at the DZ, she works as a real-time closed captioner, putting live captions on national TV news and sporting events. Steph spends her leisure time with her husband Matt. They can be found flying in the tunnel, riding bikes, playing with their pups or skiing in the winter. If you get a chance to come to Mile Hi, be sure to find Steph and ask her to jump with you. She’ll be the one with a big smile! 

Bre Reichle – PMS 746

DEL Bre
DZ: Glidersports Skydiving, Clinton Missouri

When Bre isn’t running manifest, she can be found coaching students, loading/fueling the plane, or closing the books at the end of the day. Regardless of what needs to be done to support her drop zone, Bre is up for the challenge. A former member of iFly’s Kansas City management team, Bre is currently the only woman in the local area to have earned the IBA Head Down check off.  Bre is passionate about promoting skydiving for everyone and a culture of teamwork and fairness. She encourages all disciplines of skydiving, but freeflying is her first love! In hopes of one day becoming a delegate, Bre was initiated by Chazi in 2016. Bre has a gumptious desire to help grow the number of women in skydiving through the PMS movement.

Julie Kleinwort - PMS 815

Julie Kleinwort
DZ: DZ: Skydive Arizona (though she travels to many DZ’s)

Julie loves to smile, and loves to see others smiling in return (especially in freefall). That’s one of the many reasons she enjoys load organizing. Julie is sponsored by Cookie, Hypoxic, L&B, PD, UPT, and Vigil. When she isn’t attending big-way FS events or record attempts, you will likely see her organizing at boogies and SIS events all over the country. She always packs her Barbie, who almost has enough jumps to qualify for her own A license now! (Yes, Julie is a proud logbook nerd and keeps track…)

 

Jennifer Fisher - PMS 734

Jennifer Fisher
DZ: Skydive Kansas City - Missouri

Jennifer started skydiving in 2010 by doing a tandem during a local fundraiser. Jump one and she was hooked (much to the chagrin of her mother). Her 9 to 5 is at a hospital dealing with patient complaints so skydiving is definitely her happy place! Summertime sunset loads are her favorite. Jennifer is a packer, a UPSA Coach with plans to earn her AFF rating this season. Affectionately known as “Fishstix”, she’s also instrumental in marketing and event planning at the DZ. Her dream is that she and fellow PMS, Penny Fletcher, will someday own a farm with nothing but miniature animals!

Molly Amos - PMS 706

Delegate Molly
DZ: Skydive Paraclete XP - North Carolina

In June of 2014, Molly did her first tandem and instantly fell in love with the sport. Shortly thereafter, she started AFF training at a small Cessna DZ in Jonesville, NC. These days, Molly calls Skydive Paraclete XP home and is fortunate to be at a drop zone with a strong female community. When Molly isn't jumping, she works as an accountant and is in school to become a CPA. Some day, Molly would like to be a tandem instructor and have an opportunity to follow the footsteps of her tandem mentor, Ashley.  With every jump, her love for skydiving grows and Molly is happy to be a mentor for women in our sport. When you see Molly, be sure to ask her about her roller derby knickname "Baby Pistol"! Yes...that says "ROLLER DERBY"!

Debbie Maline - PMS 678

Debbie
DZ: Spaceland Houston - Texas

Hi, I'm Debbie! I made my first skydive in April 2013 and have a little more than 600 jumps and roughly 60 hours in the tunnel. My home DZ is Spaceland Houston (at the moment) but as a military spouse, I claim a new home DZ every 2-3 years. I'm passionate about 4-way FS and on an intermediate team called Spaceland Toxic Heveh, who is competing at Nationals in 2017. I am a USPA coach and love mentoring new jumpers! When I'm not training for 4-way, you can often find me at a tunnel getting freefly coaching! Can't wait to initiate more women to become a Pink Mafia Sister with me!

Nicole Perkins – PMS 666

DEL Nicole Perkins
DZ: Glidersports Skydiving - Clinton, MO

After an onstage lifestyle as a classical singer, musician and college educator, a 2007 tandem fueled Nicole’s adrenaline passion for skydiving.  Within 2 years, Nicole earned her Coach rating followed by her AFFI.  Over 2,300+ jumps later, she continues to spread the love and knowledge of the sport to anyone who will listen. Nicole’s love for RW led to 3 Female Formation State Records in Missouri and Tennessee.  When she’s not traveling or working in corporate hospital management, she can be found behind manifest, training students, helping out wherever needed, and enjoying the sport as a “family affair” with her husband Justice (an AFFI & Tandem Examiner) and her son, Liam.  As a delegate, Nicole hopes to encourage and mentor women in the sport to continue to learn, share the sky, and give back to the sport that has changed her life!

Marian Sparks - PMS 579

Marion Sparks
DZ: Skydive Spaceland - Texas

Marian is the founder and President of Jump For The Rose, a non profit skydiving organization that raises money to help women who don't have insurance obtain breast cancer treatment. She is a USPA coach and has been jumping for 8+ years. She has over 1900 jumps. A state and national women's record holder. Competed in USPA Nationals in 10 way competition in 2012, Largest formation 118, and the face of the Susan G Komen national advertising campaign.

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Chazi Blacksher - PMS 557

Chazi
DZ: Skydive Arizona

Chazi primarily jumps & trains at Skydive Arizona.  She has logged somewhere around 3,000 jumps, has a coach rating and 9-to5s in telecom. Bev Suits, FireFly and Mirage sponsored, she currently lives in Chandler, AZ with hubby, Nick.  She has a few state records, FS and Vertical. She was a part of the 52-way Upright World Record 2014, Women’s Vertical World Record 63-way in 2013, 138-way general Vertical World Record 2012, enjoys running stupid distances and hot yoga. She’s excited to be a part of PMS and can't wait to bring the Barbie jump to the next SIS event!!!

Amy Milhorne - PMS 460

Amy Milhorne
DZ: Skydive Carolina - South Carolina

Amy’s first tandem was also her first time in an airplane!  It took a bit of time to work up the nerve for AFF, but in 2004 she signed up and never looked back.  She has 2300+ jumps, and had the privilege of being initiated by PMS #1 (Brooke) & #86 (Katie Blue).  She found her jumping groove by competing in artistic freefly for 5 years, and is now competing on a Mixed Formation Skydiving (MFS) team.  She loves organizing beginner/intermediate freeflyers, and seeing someone’s gigantic smile as they get their first dock is one of her favorite things.    Aside from jumping, Amy’s favorite things include tunnel, her nieces, hiking with her pup, travels, all things sci-fi & grilled cheese sandwiches.  

Jen Illingworth - PMS 436

Jen
DZ: Skydive San Marcos – Texas

Jen made her first (and only) tandem skydive in Mission Beach, Queensland, Australia in 2002 and was instantly addicted to this exhilarating sport.  She began AFF the following year at Skydive Houston where she met two of the founding PMS members – Brooke & Alli.  Fast forward over the next few years and Jen spent several seasons as a 4 way team member, qualified as an AFFI, competed at USPA Nationals and jumped on several women only Texas State Records.   Jen’s freefall is now divided between RW and freeflying and when she’s on the ground she joins her husband Paul with the never ending tasks of being a DZO!  She is honored to be a Big SIS and hopes that she can inspire, encourage and mentor other female jumpers in the wonderful world that is skydiving!  

Melanie Curtis - PMS 302

Melanie
DZ: Skydive Cross Keys - New Jersey

Melanie is a life coach, speaker, author, entrepreneur, professional skydiver, mini-spoof movie maker, and lover of comedy, growth and people. She has over 10,000 jumps and 21 years in the sport. She's traveled around the world coaching thousands of people, collecting insights, inspiration, and even more ridiculous memories and lessons along the way. Mel is known for her unparalleled positive attitude and fire for fun, inclusion, and education in skydiving. She writes a monthly column in Blue Skies Magazine, and leads a virtual skydiving coaching group for newer jumpers looking for more education, community, and a fun mid-week fix of skydiving awesomeness digitally every week. As Mel would say, F*CK YEAH!!! Hahaha.. Join here: http://melaniecurtis.com/thevsc/ or reach out with questions anytime at mel@melaniecurtis.com.

Diana Kruchten - PMS 721

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DZ: Skydive Milwaukee/Sky Knights - Wisconsin

My name is Diana Kruchten. I live in Madison Wisconsin, but my home DZ is Skydive Milwaukee/Sky Knights. I have been jumping since 2005 and currently have over 2,000 jumps - life is better with skydiving! I have seen many people come and go in the sport over the last 14 years. I am particularly interested in supporting female skydivers as we continue to be a minority. Being a Pink Mafia Delegate is a fun way to do that! I love jumping with women because the dives are always so much more relaxed and FUN. For the past few years, I have been jumping with the Skydivers Over Sixty group and I like to migrate to warmer climates in the winter when Wisconsin skydiving slows down. When I travel, I carry my Barbie with me and would be happy to put together a fun Hokey Pokey jump for anyone wanting to join the sisterhood!

Jennifer Jones - PMS 39

Jennifer Jones
DZ: Jenn is all over the Southeast especially Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee & Georgia

Jenn is an avid skydiver whose career began at a small family oriented DZ and graduated to travelling around the world. Jenn is approaching 48 hours of freefall, has amassed numerous State, National and World Records including Largest Formation 400 way, Largest Mass FreeFall 960 jumpers and Night World Record 40 way. Jenn is also an AFFI, demo jumper and organizer who loves to teach young jumpers new techniques. Jenn has seen changes in the sport that empower women and wants to contribute to that effort through being a SIS Mentor and Pink Mafia Delegate.

Wendy Faulkner - PMS 116

Wendy Faulkner
DZ: Skydive Temple - Texas

After her first jump at The Palatka Paracenter in 1993, there was no stopping Wendy! Now, she has around 11,000 skydives, she is an FAA rigger, and she holds both a USPA AFF rating & a PRO rating.  Wendy loves CRW more than any other discipline. She was a member of the Women's CRW record in 1997 as well as the 100 way CRW world record in 2007.  Wendy loves teaching new skydivers and introducing newcomers to the sport.  In her spare time, she likes hanging out at the local breweries playing trivia and petting all of the animals! If you need your PMS number, swing by Skydive Temple and Wendy will make it happen!

Ashley Alexandra Traba - PMS 936 - 2020 NEW DELEGATE

DEL Ashley
DZ: Skydive City (Z-Hills) - Florida

After a tandem in 2005 at Skydive City, Ashley knew immediately that one skydive wasn't going to be enough. Ten years later,  Ashley did a second tandem in Hawaii and was hooked! Soon after, she started AFF and the rest is history. Now, Ashley has over 600 jumps, she earned a USPA coach rating in 2017, and she holds three female state head up records (NC, MO, & KS). Ashley enjoys wingsuiting and has serious aspirations for more ratings (AFFI and TI) and more records. When she’s not skydiving, Ashley is either working as a Neonatal ICU nurse, teaching yoga, or going on adventures with her giant German Shepherd dog, Bear. If you plan to visit Z-Hills, please stop by and say hello to Ashley! 

Sarah Nuckols - Delegate Coordinator - PMS 576

Sarah
DZ: Skydive VSC / Skydive Orange - Virginia

Sarah started skydiving shortly before her 38th birthday when her kids were 5 & 12. In the fall of 2007, Sarah had the privilege of being initiated by PMS #4 Mel at a drop zone in Louisa, VA. Sarah is a Women's Formation State Record Holder in VA, FL, and NC a small group RW organizer, but first and foremost, she is an advocate of women in the sport. From jumps with newly licensed skydivers to SIS socks, Sarah does everything she can to encourage women in our sport. In June of 2016, Sarah and her husband (Matt) became the second American couple to finish skydiving in all 50 states! She's been to more than 60 drop zones and has over 1,200 jumps.