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. 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

Melissa Burns

Office Manager

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

Program Coordinator & operations officer

Alan Nguyen

Program Coordinator & Operations Officer

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

program Coordinator & Media Officer

Em Beggs

PROGRAM 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 a 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

Facilitator

Joshua

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

Facilitator

Tessa

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

Facilitator

Kimberly

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

Facilitator

Candice

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

Facilitator

Harry

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.

Jacob

Facilitator

Jacob

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.

Zoe

Facilitator

Zoe

Facilitator

Zoe is an enthusiastic lass who can turn a conversation to at least seven different topics in the span of minutes. A lover of all things communication, she has experience in presenting and working with teenagers, as well as qualifications in journalism and writing.

Zoe has a passion for building healthy communities and believes that safety is the foundation of this. She’s recently moved to Melbourne from warmer places, and has swiftly appointed herself the health and safety officer of her new digs. All she needs now is a hi-vis vest, a hard hat and a whistle. Her roommates will be thrilled.

Samantha

Facilitator

Samantha

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

Facilitator

Stasi

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.

Andrea

Facilitator

Andrea

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!

Violet

Facilitator

Violet

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 in a motorbike crash which drove her passion in wanting to educate young people about the importance of safety while on the roads.

Alex

Facilitator

Alex

Facilitator

Growing up in the Mornington peninsula, Alex was never too far away from one of its gorgeous beaches which broaden his horizon to be patient, understanding and to always strive for greatness. Alex loves playing basketball as it is a great opportunity to see his mates each week. One of Alex’s proudest attributes is the ability (and patience) to cook yummy meals for himself and his housemates. In his downtime, Alex enjoys going to the gym, painting what’s in front of him and listening to music really loud.  

Following his heart and passion, Alex is completing a Bachelor Arts in Psychology and Visual arts at Deakin University. Alex is passionate about mental health and the importance of initiating the process in becoming the best version of one-self. He hopes to one day create a space where art and therapy are his tools to helping people.  

Sarah

Facilitator

Sarah

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

Facilitator

Maddy

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.

Nat

Facilitator

Nat

Facilitator

Nat’s friends would describe her as confident, passionate, and although she hasn’t asked them, she thinks ‘comedic genius’ would be thrown around as a descriptor. Nat loves being on the move, trying different things, and more specifically working in youth development organisations- hoping to make a difference. Nat has a BA in Psychology and Media Communications, and works in the Australian Army Cadets as well as Fit To Drive. Her personal experiences with road trauma make her very passionate about Fit To Drive’s program.

Amber

Facilitator

Amber

Facilitator

Amber is an all-rounder who frequently uses the catchphrase, “that sounds like fun.” One of her friends once joked that if you are serious about wanting to reach your goals get Amber onboard because she loves a project and loves to help people. Amber gets excited about hiking, the beach and her two golden retrievers. 

Amber has a Bachelor of Applied Public Health and Global Studies and ever since she travelled to Thailand as a teenager, she’s dreamed of working overseas and helping break the poverty cycle. Amber joined the Fit to Drive team because she thinks teenagers are full of fun, plus she’s passionate about empowering young people to live healthy and full lives. 

Elina

Facilitator

Elina

Facilitator

Easily excited by blue skies and sunsets, Elina appreciates the small things that add a bit of colour to life. If ever she goes missing for whatever reason, you can find her in an art gallery, having a vigorous solo karaoke session in her car, hand-making beaded jewellery or rewatching Glee (again).
 
Elina holds a Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations), which stemmed from her passion for strategy and creativity. With a heart for community service and youth development, she found her way into the Fit To Drive team as a Workshop Facilitator and relishes in the opportunity to place value on young people by empowering them to use their voice and stay safe on the roads.

Lexi

Facilitator

Lexi

Facilitator

Lexi is the type of person who loves dressing up and going out with her friends just as much as catching up over a homemade dinner and chill movie night. Described by her friends as ‘the over-achiever who’s actually funny, but only when you get to know her’, Lexi is the friend who gets designated to split the bill for a big group or make sure that you’re all getting on the right bus. In general, Lexi is a friendly and thoughtful person who loves helping people and spending time with others. 

Currently studying civil engineering, Lexi hopes to have a fulfilling career that involves learning new things and working closely with others. Her experience in customer service and various leadership roles, has allowed Lexi to develop her interpersonal and communication skills, which she is now able to demonstrate as a workshop facilitator, to help others and positively impact the wider community. 

Connie

Facilitator

Connie

Facilitator

Connie is passionate about having a peaceful life. Thus, her daily activities include sleeping, resting, and zoning out. She’s described by her high school teachers as someone whose mind wanders around the universe, hence developing ideas that do not make sense on a daily basis. She enjoys gaming and listening to kpop.
 
Connie is currently a bachelor of science student at unimelb. She moved to Australia after graduating highschool in Hong Kong.

Rui Ling

Facilitator

Rui

Facilitator

Rui’s greatest passions in life are her three cats, followed closely by sustainability, food and spending time with her family and friends. Those who know her describe her as thoughtful, quiet and the responsible one in the group.
 
Curiosity about how things work drove Rui to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering and Business Management. Along the journey, she gained interest in mentoring young people and inspiring their interest in STEM fields. This led naturally to her work with Fit to Drive, where it has been incredibly rewarding to empower young people to keep themselves and their community safe.

Liam

Facilitator

Liam

Facilitator

Liam is passionate about travelling, exercise, the footy, outdoorsy activities and leadership. Liam’s friends would describe him as adventurous, challenge-oriented and optimistically realistic. One of the biggest part of Liam’s personality is his empathetic and compassionate nature.

Liam has a Bachelors degree in Global Studies and is looking to achieve a Masters in International Development Practice as he seeks to help uplift underpriviliged communities around the world out of poverty, and impact positive social change. Liam found his way to Fit to Drive through a friend who worked at Fit to Drive who emphasised Fit to Drive’s friendly and supportive culture, as well as the opportunity it presents to improve Liam’s highly desired leadership, communication and group facilitation skills.