Our Staff


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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 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.


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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.



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Duvan Gutierrez

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.

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Our Contributors



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.

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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.