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.
supportive services coordinator
Chris Meister is a graduate of The University of Notre Dame and received a Masters of Arts in Teaching from National – Louis University in Chicago IL. While studying with the Society of Jesus, Chris worked with various support groups at Riker’s Island Prison, New York City and with men and women at the Ramsey County Jail in St. Paul, MN. Chris also previously worked with Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CA. as a case manager, supporting and empowering clients’ life goals and ambitions. Chris will be coordinating our Spiritual, Academic and Wellness mentor undertakings as well as coordinating activities with our program participants living at Ignacio House. He will be our conduit to various groups in the Bronx, fostering relationships meaningful to both Thrive For Life and the community.
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.
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.
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.