Our Team

Brad Crofts

CEO

Brad Crofts

CEO

Brad was appointed as the CEO of the Fit to Drive Foundation Inc on 11 May 2021. Brad is a director on the board of on-line news service The New Daily. Prior to this Brad served as a senior policy maker with both the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments including in executive and ministerial advisory roles. Brad has a Bachelor of Economics (first class honours) from the University of Queensland, holds a Certificate of Foundations in Trustee Governance with the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Melissa Burns

Office Manager

Office Manager

Finance and HR Officer

When Melissa isn’t being our resident Queen of Excel, you will most likely find her on the edge of her seat cheering on Chris Goulding at Melbourne United games. She is also the person who will get you over the line at any F.R.I.E.N.D.S trivia night, with one of her proudest achievements being teaching her (at the time 1-year-old) daughter the iconic theme song clap sequence.

Melissa has seen a lot of change at the Foundation as one of our longest serving team members. Her favourite memories over that time revolve around the very team she’s had such a big impact on. In her own words they are ‘brilliant, kind and caring’ and share her passion for keeping young people safe on our roads.

Alena Bondarchuk

Program Support Coordinator

Alena Bondarchuk

Program Support Coordinator

When Alena is not debating social justice issues or flinging sassy comebacks at her co-workers, family and friends, she is knee-deep in one of hundreds of half-completed projects; writing a book, drawing a calendar series, refashioning op-shop clothes or training for a dancing competition.

As most of the admin team, Alena started at Fit To Drive as a facilitator (whilst completing her Honours of Art History at the same time) before becoming an Area Coordinator. Working at Fit To Drive helped Alena realise her passion for helping young people navigate tricky conversations, inspiring her to undertake her current project; a Psychology degree.

Alan Nguyen

Area Coordinator

Alan Nguyen

Area Coordinator

To some people Alan is extroverted; to others, he is introverted. To that Alan says “¿por qué no los dos?” The quiet and outgoing Alan can be found sporting a different pair of crazy socks or sending funny cat memes to his wife.

“It’s not rocket science!” but for Alan, it actually is as he’s currently studying a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering/Business Management. Along the way, he has picked up a few volunteering experiences here and there, all of which have centred around what he loves most at Fit To Drive; youth development.

Em Beggs

Area Coordinator & Media Officer

Em Beggs

Area Coordinator & Media Officer

Em is known for her wild energy! Seriously, if you can’t find her, she’s probably hanging out in the wilderness. She is passionate and takes pride in the arts, exploring nature, holistic health and quality humour. A curious mistake maker, Em believes that we learn best from giving everything 100% and acting from the heart not just the head.

Outside of work, Em mentors VCE students offering social, emotional & study support. She is also trained in a Hawaiian style of massage, loves music and dance. Em loves Fit to Drive as she is passionate about supporting all young people to enhance their unique superpowers and feel empowered to speak up.

Laura Kemp

Program Development Coordinator

Laura Kemp

Program Development Coordinator

Need a little pick-me-up? Meet the adventurous, uplifting and contagiously joyous Laura! Extroverts appreciate their down time too, so when she’s not hanging out with her friends, her dog or her loved ones, you’ll likely find Laura enjoying time outdoors, meditating or trying something new and creative.

Laura has a BA in Health Sciences (majoring in Health Promotion and Psychology) and is very nearly finished her Masters of Teaching. At Fit to Drive, Laura loves collaborating with like-minded young people passionate about the safety and well-being of other young people. She plans on following this passion for the rest of her life!

Joshua W.

Facilitator

Joshua W.

Facilitator

Having grown up on the mid-north coast of NSW, being surrounded by nature, beaches, and community has shaped Josh into who he is today. He can often be found on a bike, hike, or on the beach. Teaching, communication, and positive social and environmental change are all things that Josh is passionate about. His friends would describe him as empathetic, friendly, always happy to help, while sometimes being perhaps a little weird.

Josh recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Environmental Science. This has followed a lifelong passion for getting out into nature and is in line with his goal of becoming a science teacher. When he’s not facilitating with Fit To Drive, Josh works in his family business in the fields of Media and Marketing and Database Management.

Tessa C.

Facilitator

Tessa C.

Facilitator

With a love of music you can often hear Tessa quietly singing a scale of two. She enjoys drinking a lot of green tea, playing any instrument she can get her hands on and reading endlessly. Tessa is level-headed, down to earth and is quick to make a good joke.

She is completing her Music Performance Degree with a specialty in contemporary voice. At Fit To Drive, Tessa has experienced being a Facilitator and Workshop Leader. Her favourite part of any workshop is the sense of empowerment that students feel at the end of the day….and also lunch time.

Kimberly N.

Facilitator

Kimberly N.

Facilitator

Kimberly is naturally a very quiet and shy person but be sure not to underestimate her as she uses this ability to jump-scare people. Her idea of relaxation involves being snuggled up in an oodie on the couch watching crime shows as she snacks on anything with copious amounts of sugar.

Soon to be addressed as Miss Nguyen, Kimberly is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts/Secondary Teaching – majoring in English and Politics. Working at Fit To Drive as a Facilitator and Workshop Leader, she finds it rewarding helping young people build on their confidence and use their voice to express their thoughts and feelings when in risky situations.

Candice V.

Facilitator

Candice V.

Facilitator

Candice is currently studying Education & Film/Screen studies. Working at Fit To Drive has given her valuable skills and support in her career and confidence as a teacher. She describes being a Facilitator as one of the most fulfilling and fun jobs, being able to travel to different schools, meet new people, and share an important message to young people.

Candice is also a freelance Voice Actress, collaborating with clients and artists from around the world from her home studio. She one day hopes to voice characters for the Star Wars franchise or Pokémon, hoping to be in culturally iconic shows such as Avatar: The Last Airbender, and breathe life to a character that children can resonate with as they grow up.

Harry B.

Facilitator

Harry B.

Facilitator

Harry’s friends would describe him as being easy-going and always up for a chat.  He is passionate about physical health and equality ensuring that everyone has the same opportunities to work towards their passions and find their own niche in the world.  

Harry is currently studying a Master of Social Work and Juris Doctor at RMIT University.  He loves meeting and connecting with people, and joined Fit To Drive because he wanted to help young people avoid the difficulties he and his friends experienced when they were learning to drive.

Hamish M.

Facilitator

Hamish M.

Facilitator

Hamish is an avid video gamer, reader and has been described as a ‘Sharon Strzelecki’-like tragic on the social futsul court. These interests have driven his passions in being a couch commentator on global affairs and watching whatever the latest craze on Netflix is.

Hamish is studying International Relations and Mathematics that have taught him to be flexible and open to a variety of learning styles. A friend introduced to the awesome and unique workplace of Fit To Drive and he has has found facilitating young people as being incredibly rewarding.

Melinda F.

Facilitator

Melinda F.

Facilitator

Melinda has a BA in Youth Work/Sports and Recreational Management. She found her way to Fit To Drive in 2017 as a Peer Facilitator before making her way to coordinating another program at the Foundation. Her favourite part of each of her roles has been helping young people find the confidence they always had to speak up.

Melinda loves sports and her puppy dog (who is not really a puppy anymore). She is outgoing and bubbly in equal amounts. On the weekends you’ll find her practising self-care, which sometimes looks like learning new things and a lot of times looks like watching Netflix.

Samantha L.

Facilitator

Samantha L.

Facilitator

Stemming from Vietnam, Samantha came to Melbourne driven by her passion to explore different cultures and need to feel independent. She describes herself as being an easy-going person who loves the beach, exploring the wilderness and trying different cuisines. At home, she finds herself obsessing over indoor plants, ceramics and other arts and crafts, and spending time with friends over a bonfire and homemade dinners.

Samantha is currently completing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Melbourne having discovered a passion for mental health and empowering people to make a difference. She feels fortunate to be a part of the Fit To Drive team where she is able to elevate the voices of young people, empower them to make the right decisions and take responsibility for the safety of themselves and the community.

Stasi R.

Facilitator

Stasi R.

Facilitator

Stasi’s friends would describe her as a super chatty and friendly person. She is often the person with the loudest voice in the room as she finds it a genuine struggle to whisper or turn on her “inside voice”.In her spare time she likes to keep active with her mini trampoline workouts called ‘Ubound’.

Stasi is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts. She is studying a Sociology major and loves how this area compliments her law studies in being able to better understand the different values, perceptions and people within a community. Stasi joined Fit To Drive from a recommendation of a close friend who was already working in the program and has loved her time here ever since.

Jacob B.

Facilitator

Jacob B.

Facilitator

Jacob enjoys exploring Melbourne’s bike trails, watching the cricket, and critiquing the latest meme. He is passionate about bringing out the best in people and working with students to make the roads a safer place.

Jacob is studying Arts and Law with a Psychology major. His youth work has supported the welfare and development of many young people, while his time at community legal centres have helped people find justice despite financial and social barriers.

Violet B.

Facilitator

Violet B.

Facilitator

Violet enjoys cooking, going on motorbike rides and diamond painting/craft in her spare time. Her friends would describe her as friendly, caring and the ‘mum’ of my friendship group. She is passionate about volunteering and working with young people and the community. 

Violet is currently studying a Bachelor of Youth work and Youth Studies at RMIT University. She found her way to Fit To Drive after being involved a motorbike crash which drove her passion in wanting to educate young people about the importance of safety while on the roads.

Tian M.

Facilitator

Tian M.

Facilitator

Tian loves seeking out conversations that are likely to help her think differently about the world and expand her own understanding of the way people work. Often content to daydream the day away you’ll frequently find Tian looking for new places to eat good food, exploring new locations and trying new things.

Tian has a passion for working alongside young people in order to help amplify their voice and encourage them to recognise their own strengths. In order to help her engage in this passion Tian has qualifications in both teaching and Youth Work. Working from a strength-based approach her belief is that every young person has the right to a happy and meaningful life.

Sarah C.

Facilitator

Sarah C.

Facilitator

Sarah’s friends have described her as energetic and warm. On her days off, she can be found playing the guitar, baking, practising yoga or binging a new Netflix show.

Sarah is currently studying Psychology at university and is particularly interested in human behaviour and health behaviour change. Before joining Fit to Drive, she worked primarily in hospitality which she enjoyed thoroughly.

Maddy P.

Facilitator

Maddy P.

Facilitator

Maddy was born at a very early age. They joined Fit to Drive in 2021 after many years in youth services, and they show up to workshops with an energy drink and (occasionally) fresh baked brownies. When not at work, Maddy loves playing D&D, working on an eternally in-progress novel, going to the gym, and befriending every animal they come across.

Andrea S.

Facilitator

Andrea S.

Facilitator

Andrea is a dancer at heart and spends her time eating out (probably too much) with her lovely pals. You can always find her excited for the day, hyped up and ready to go.

Andrea is studying to be an Engineer at RMIT while teaching dance. Her passion lies in empowering and educating young people to be the best version of themselves!