Our Staff



Zach Presutti, SJ

Zach Presutti, SJ, is the Founder and Executive Director of Thrive For Life Prison Project, Inc. He graduated from Canisius College with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and theology, then entered the Jesuits in August 2012. At Saint Louis University, he earned a Master’s degree in social work, with a focus on individuals in the criminal justice system. Presutti is also a psychotherapist for formerly incarcerated individuals.

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Joe Van Brussel

Joe is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles with a B.A. in English literature and philosophy. He earned a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the Université de Paris-Est in France in 2010, with a focus on international justice. Prior to joining Thrive for Life, Joe worked in online news and media, including time at The Huffington Post, Mic, and The Washington Post


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Axel de Foucauld

Axel has a background and work experience in corporate finance and administration. He joined the team in January 2017 as the Executive Assistant while pursuing his education in graphic design. 

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Coordinator of spiritual care

Christopher Alt, nSJ

Christopher Alt, nSJ, is a second-year novice in the Society of Jesus. He is a graduate of the University of San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in Theological and Religious Studies, and went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Boston College, School of Theology in Ministry. Christopher has previously worked as a clinical chaplain, homeless shelter manager, campus minister, and spiritual director.