A TEAM EFFORT
Tracey brings over 30 years of senior management in media and marketing to the Executive Director position. With a strong background in achieving budgets and building winning teams, she is proficient at providing collaboration and solutions for a variety of businesses. With the Thrive community since the beginning, she has been offering spiritual exercises to incarcerated persons, planning retreats, and helping in organizational development with community partners. She has a heart for our mission, a deep commitment to our sisters and brothers behind the walls, and strong desire to accompany them through our transitional supportive housing model Tracey is also active with various social justice campaigns and issue advocacy for Xavier Church Peace and Justice Committee (Chairperson) / Manhattan and is a team volunteer and participant in fund raising for The Good Dog Foundation.
Deputy executive director
Axel de Foucauld
Axel is a graduate of Novencia Business School in Paris, with a BA in Accounting and Management. He worked in finance and administration for various retailers and food manufacturers, including Le Pain Quotidien, Sisley Cosmetics and Materne North America/Gogo Squeez. Axel joined the team in 2017, while pursuing his education in visual communication and graphic design.
director of spiritual care
Fr. Jack Mattimore, SJ
Father Jack Mattimore, SJ joined the team in August 2018 as Director of Spiritual Care. Fr. Jack entered the Jesuits in 1976 and was ordained in 1988. A graduate of Canisius High School in Buffalo, NY, he has a Bachelor of Arts in English and philosophy from Fordham University, STB and Master of Divinity degrees from Regis College in Toronto, and advanced degrees from the University of Toronto, Columbia University Teachers College and Fordham University. He taught at Xavier High School, served as an administrator at Fordham Prep and at Canisius High School, and worked in Buffalo as a chaplain at St. Luke's Mission of Mercy, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility. Most recently, he served as an English teacher and department chair at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore and was the director and English teacher at Yap Catholic High School in Micronesia from 2016 to 2018.
Duván Gutierréz is originaly from Colombia where he attended the Popular University of Cesar and studied international trade. After completing his studies, he worked for various construction companies on planning, implementing, and evaluating beneficiaries for different housing projects. Duván brings his linguistic and organizational talents to his role as Office Manager of Thrive for Life Prison Project.
A TEAM EFFORT
Zach Presutti, SJ
Zach Presutti, SJ, is the Founder 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.
Chris Meister, SJ
Chris is currently studying philosophy at Fordham University, and he first visited Thrive For Life in 2017 on his Jesuit Novice Pilgrimage at the Manhattan Detention Complex. Accompanying men at the MDC led Chris to work with men and women at the Ramsey County Jail in St. Paul, MN, and at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles. Chris is looking forward to continuing to learn from and to accompany others with Thrive For Life.
Christopher Alt, SJ
Christopher Alt, SJ, is a scholastic 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. He is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work at Loyola University in Chicago.