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

Operations Manager

Melissa Burns

Operations 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 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.

Laura Kemp

Education Coordinator - Development and Training

Laura Kemp

Education Coordinator - Development and Training

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!

Candice Vitug

Program Support Officer

Candice Vitug

Program Support Officer

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.

Zoe Stewart

Program Support Officer

Zoe Stewart

Program Support Officer

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.

Josh

Workshop Leader

Josh

Workshop Leader

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!

Liam

Workshop Leader

Liam

Workshop Leader

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.

Samantha

Workshop Leader

Samantha

Workshop Leader

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.

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.

Danni

Facilitator

Danni

Facilitator

Danni (they/she) 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

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.

Dominique

Facilitator

Dominique

Facilitator

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 from 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

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

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.