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Youth Ministry – Who We Are

We are a staff of five talented professionals from different backgrounds each working to use our experience and strengths to serve the needs of the youth of the Archdiocese of New York. We are led by Cynthia Psencik, who has been with OYM since its inception in 2012. Fr. Kareem Smith has served as the spiritual director for the office since 2018. In order to better serve the parishes of such a large archdiocese, two of our staff members focus their time and energy on the northern and southern regions of the archdiocese.

Cynthia Martinez Psencik – Director


Cynthia Psencik (née Martinez) was born and raised in New York City.  Her parents are native from the Dominican Republic and she has 4 siblings.  She holds an MA in religion/religious education from Fordham University.  She’s been working for the Archdiocese of New York for close to 14 years.  Currently she resides in Norwalk, CT with her husband Evan. She loves to run and dance.

Favorite Scripture Passage: 
John 17: 24 – Father, they are your gift to me, I wish that where I am, they also may be with me.

Favorite Saint:
St. Therese of Lisieux

Favorite Time of Year: 

Hidden Superhero Power That You Have: 

What Celebrity Should Play You in a Movie?
Julia Roberts

Song You Dance to When No One is Looking?
Anything Salsa

Daniel Genn – Associate Director


Daniel was born and raised in Westchester, NY. He holds an MA in Theology from Ave Maria University and has worked with teens and young adults in campus ministry at the high school and university levels. His passion is bringing young people to the Blessed Trinity through personal relationship and helping to develop circumstances where they can come to know the Father’s love for them.  Having first developed his faith life as a teenager due to the powerful positive influences surrounding him, he seeks to help today’s youth do the same. He lives in Dutchess County with his wife and two young sons. He enjoys hiking, running, and learning.

Favorite Saint:
Saint Benedict

Favorite scripture quotes:
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”


Matthew 5:48 “You, therefore, must be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Dream place to visit:

Song you dance to when no one is looking:
As a father, someone is always looking! (but when they’re not, Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling”)

Favorite Author:
Michael D. O’Brien

Giselle Roldan – Office Administrator


Giselle was born and raised in New York City.  She has been involved in ministry for over 15 years serving the youth and young adult communities in New York and New Jersey by helping them recognize God’s presence in their lives. She has a passion for helping others become a better version of themselves. She is the mom of three beautiful blessings and currently resides in New Jersey.

Favorite Scripture
Psalm 46:5. “God is within her, she will not fall.”

Favorite Saint
St. Gemma of Galgani

Dream place to visit
Hawaii and Greece

Favorite Author
Nicholas Sparks

Favorite time of year

Stephen Eguino – Youth Ministry Specialist for the Northern Region

Parishes North of Yonkers


Stephen Eguino is from the Bronx, NY. As a former Salesian of Don Bosco and performer with Array of Hope Ministries he has been working with and for youth for the last 10 years.  He studied at Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Catholic Theology and Certificate in Strategic Communication and Leadership. He started playing the Saxophone in the 2nd grade and music has been an integral part of his life and faith journey. He draws the youth to encounter their faith through music and social media @theboscobeats and enjoys sharing the message that we are all called to be saints, so who says you can’t be a saint?!

Favorite Scripture Passage
Jeremiah 29:11 –  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Favorite Saint
St. John Bosco

Favorite Season

Favorite Midnight Snack
Ramen Noodles – no shrimp flavor please 🙂

Dream Place to Visit

Christopher Rivera – Youth Ministry Specialist for the Southern Region

Parishes South of Yonkers


Christopher Rivera was born and raised in New York City. He has been working with youth for the last 8 years as a Youth Minister and Director of Boys & Girls Clubs on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  He recieved his M.S.W. from Fordham University, with a B.S.W. with a Minor in Theology. He was introduced to youth ministry with the Salesians at Mary Help of Christians and has shared Christ’s message of hope to youth through the Jornada Movement for 10 Years. Christopher is excited to work with youth ministers in the southern region to help build the Young Church to spread the message that God is Good… All the Time!

Favorite Scripture Passage
Matthew 20:16 : “So shall the last be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”

Favorite Saint
St. John Bosco

Favorite Season

Favorite Midnight Snack
French Fries & Chicken

Dream Place to Visit

Fr. Kareem Smith – Spiritual Director