Staff

Adam Drake
CEO/Founder

Adam Drake is the founder of Balanced Choice Program. With over 25 years’ experience working with youth, 15 years working in the fitness industry, a trained actor and director, Adam has utilised his diverse knowledge and experience to develop tailored workshops that help connect people with each other, strengthen fitness from within and inspire people to find that path that leads to the best version of themselves. Adam was nominated for Australian of the Year NT in 2019 for his work with young people in the youth justice system and his work in the adult system and providing a through care model with the Balanced Choice Program.

Yianni Stefandakis
SA State Manager

Yianni Stefandakis has been working with Balanced Choice Program for over 3 years and has a background in the fitness industry and working with young people. Yianni has completed his Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness and has been a Sports Coach for many years. Passionate about his work in the Northern Territory and inspired to support other young people in other states, Yianni has supported the National growth of Balanced Choice in South Australia as our SA State Manager.

Jason MacDonald
SA Program Facilitator

Jason MacDonald has been with Balanced Choice for 2 years. With his Certificate 3 in Fitness, he has been on an incredible fitness journey where he hiked the Kokoda trail, the Himalaya’s Uttarakhand trek and gained a plethora of experience working with youth through programs such as Junior Police Rangers, United Nations, and Youth Leadership Positions. His love for community engagement ranges to supporting organisations in India and Malaysia through programs such as “World Challenge” and participating in NT Youth Round Table in 2018 where he collaborated with like-minded youth and produced the Community Currency.

Ollie Mau
Darwin & PAlmerston NT Program Facilitator

Ollie is a dedicated member of the Balanced Choice crew who has been working alongside our great team for a few years. Currently studying a degree in Sports Science to further support his extensive experience and knowledge Ollie has completed a Certificate 4 in Community Service Work, a Certificate 3 and 4 in Correctional Practices, and a Certificate 3 in Fitness. Ollie was able to secure positions that have supplied him immense occupational knowledge. His compassion has been developed and nurtured as he worked as a House Parent for 9 and a half years with indigenous students from remote communities throughout the NT. His relevant training does not fall short of any marks either with 5 years as a correctional officer and 4 years as a gym instructor to support his already convincing personality full of love and hope.

Yvonne Neave
Darwin & Palmerston NT Program Facilitator

Yvonne Neave is one of our program facilitators for the Darwin region. Born and raised in Darwin NT, Yvonne is passionate about sports and helping people. An avid fan of netball, touch footy and motorbike riding, Yvonne is studying her Certificate III in Fitness to collate her knowledge and experience. Her dedication is matched by her enthusiasm to work with people as shown through her kind heart and diverse skill set from working remotely in Jabiru, working with children in schools, working with high-risk mental health young people, working with NDIS and playing sports.

Zac Caldwell
Darwin & Palmerston NT Program Facilitator

Zac Caldwell has joined the Balanced Choice team with over 10 years of experience working with young people of the Territory in both program facilitation and case coordination based roles. Zac has completed Choice Theory and Neurosequential Model in Education (NME) training modules and is trained in Management of Actual and Potential Aggression (MAPA). Utilising his experiences, his Certificate 3 in Fitness and passion for working with young people, Zac brings a wealth of knowledge and care to our various programs.

Breanna Duncan
National Business Manager & Program Facilitator

Breanna Duncan is the National Business Manager for Balanced Choice and one of our dedicated program facilitators. Born and raised in Darwin NT, Breanna has a passion for working alongside people, hearing their stories and cheering them on. Her experience working with youth and families, her compassion and creativity has added a broader skill set to Balanced Choice where she hopes to support both our staff and all people we work with to achieve the best version of themselves.

Breanna has a Bachelor of Behavioural Science, a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma and is currently studying her Masters of Social Work. 

Sean Xiao
Alice Springs NT Program Facilitator

Joining the Balanced Choice Team at the start of 2021, Sean Xiao is our youngest and just as inspiring facilitator based in Alice Springs. Recently completing his Certificate IV in Fitness, Sean has a passion for being active and training. Sean has a great passion for youth empowerment and building young people up to achieve their goals. He has been on different youth advisory groups with Headspace Alice Springs, NT Youth Round Table and Orygen to find ways to make the experience for young people the best it can be. Sean was the 2020 Alice Springs Youth Citizen of the Year, 2020 Finalist for the NT Young Achievers and 2019 NT young Volunteer of the Year.

Melanie Gunner
Alice Springs NT Program Facilitator

Melanie Gunner has joined the Balanced Choice team as our Alice Springs facilitator. With over 5 years of experience working in the youth sector in Alice Springs, Melanie is passionate about young people, their mental health and their extraordinary talents. Her involvement within the community has been recognised through her position as Chair of the 2020 NT Youth Round Table, winning the 2020 Young Persons’ Award at the Mental Health Week Community Awards, being nominated for the 2020 Young Centralian Citizen and recurring finalist for two NT Young Achievers awards since 2019. Alongside her work with young people, Melanie finds creative ways to better her community as a local contemporary artist and has completed several murals around her hometown.