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Chief Executive Officer(he/him)
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).
General Manager (she/her)
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.
Program Support Coordinator(she/her)
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.
Program Coordinator & Operations Officer(he/him)
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 studied 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.
Education Coordinator - Development and Training(she/her)
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!
Program Support Officer(she/her)
Candice is a huge film nerd and a freelance Voice Actress with a double-degree in Education/Screen Studies. She’s passionate about Asian representation in the media and hopes to voice a Filipino-Australian character one day, and be in her favourite franchises such as Pokémon. You can catch her trying to slide Star Wars quotes in everyday conversation, laughing at the lamest puns, or sharing heart-warming memes with her friends. Ask her about her favourite cheese – she’ll be excited to share with you some brie-lliant brands.
Candice loves that no day is the same at Fit to Drive – being able to travel around Victoria, work with a vibrant team, and meet new people, whilst sharing empowering messages of road safety to the next generation. She sees her work as fulfilling, fun, and valuable for developing skills as a presenter and educator.
Stemming from Vietnam, Samantha came to Melbourne driven by her passion to explore different cultures and grow her independence. She describes herself as 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 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.
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 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.
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, and sometimes a little weird.
Josh graduated with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Environmental Science following a lifelong passion for getting out into nature, and is part of his plan to become a science teacher. When not facilitating with Fit to Drive, Josh is studying for a Master of Teaching, volunteering in the community, being a scout leader, or out exploring nature!
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 in the program and has loved her time here ever since.
Jack is a performer, writer, and professional Dungeon Master based in Melbourne. Jack is extremely passionate about connecting with people, be it through his creative work or through Fit To Drive.Jack’s work has taken him all over the country and the world, from performing Shakespeare in China, to sweating in 35 degree heat in a Cookie Monster outfit in the Sunshine Coast. Seriously, Jack’s motto is “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth OVERDOING!”
Danni is a big arts & culture nerd. Whether it be reading, listening to music, foreign languages, going to the cinema or gigs, Danni is on board!
Another passion of Danni’s is the health & well-being of young people. Through their volunteer and work experience in the not-for-profit sector, Danni has primarily worked with LGBTQIA+ youth elevating their voices via radio and media production.
Danni is very excited to now broaden their facilitation skills with Fit to Drive. What’s more, being able to target the health & well-being of young people within the confines of road safety is a meaningful new chapter!
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 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.
An eccentric little fireball with a love for bubble tea and video games, Dominique has a real passion for creative fields and imparting whatever knowledge she has in her head, usually something to do with pop culture or technology!
Dominique’s recently graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Advertising and Drama, with a minor in Digital Media, and is a freelance Voice Actress working with a variety of clients around the globe. Being an actress gave Dominique the confidence and voice she needed to speak up for herself, and wants to inspire other young people to do the same in regards to youth issues, such as with her work with Fit to Drive.
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.
Debi’s ethnic background is French and Sri Lankan, and she was born in France! She loves to travel and explore new places far or near! As much as she loves people, she considers herself an introvert despite being a youth leader at her church. Her friends would describe her as creative, empathetic and faith-driven.
She writes poetry and has shared spoken word pieces publicly! When she’s not working, she’s passionate about creating visual art and has been a guest artist at a few exhibitions in the past. She hopes to have her very own exhibit one day. She’s in her final year of her Bachelor of International Studies at RMIT, majoring in Development. She’s driven to enhance the world and the way people experience life around her! She thinks life’s a journey and her ever-so-cheesy motto that she lives by is ‘everything happens for a reason’. (Debi: “it’s cringe, but it’s relevant!”)
Michael is an enthusiastic and friendly individual. His favourite pastimes include playing sports and making music. He loves to take on all challenges, and always strives to be his best. He is currently finishing off his double degree in a Bachelor of Business, and a Bachelor of Education. He aspires to be a teacher and pursue entrepreneurship in the business world.
Will is a bookworm and a creative who can usually be found either making music, collage art or some sort of FODMAP friendly treat. When not making or noise or a mess with his creative pursuits he can be found enjoying a podcast on a long walk.
A passion for working with people lead Will to study youth work at RMIT where he has since worked in an alternative education space as a youth support worker, and now happily as a facilitator with the Fit to Drive team.
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