CYFM Staff

Tom Brinkmann

Tom Brinkmann has been the Executive Director of CYFM since September of 2002. He has been in youth ministry since 1986 when he became Coordinator of Youth Ministry for the Vicariate of Ulster, Archdiocese of New York. In 1993, he took the work he’d begun in the Vicariate and combined it with the Catholic Youth Organization’s office in Ulster, when he became the Director of CYO Ulster Youth Ministry, a position in which he served until coming to CYFM. Tom has a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Seton Hall University, and a Master of Religious Education from Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary. Tom is happily married to Julie since 1988. They have two children, Ananda and Jeremy, both of whom are involved in the CYFM community.

Phone: 845-424-3609 x 223

Fr. Erik Lenhart, O.F.M. Cap.

Fr. Erik Lenhart was born in Hagerstown, MD. CYFM was his first encounter with the Capuchins, when he was a cadet at West Point (USMA). He was a CapCorps Volunteer from 2003-04, and joined the order in 2008. Fr. Erik was ordained in 2015 after finishing studies at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Prior to his appointment as chaplain at CYFM he served as Parochial Vicar at St. Pius X in Middletown, CT.  He also taught preaching and moral theology at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, CT. He enjoys playing piano, writing musicals, hiking, and tennis. He also writes for National Catholic Reporter.

Phone: 845-424-3609 x 225

Fr. Fred Nickle, O.F.M. Cap.

Fr. Fred Nickle, O.F.M. Cap. has ministered as chaplain at CYFM since September of 2002. He also ministered at CYFM from 1981 to 1985. He entered the Capuchin Order on August 31, 1957, and was ordained to the priesthood on November 13, 1965. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Masters in Divinity in Theology. He has also ministered as Assistant Novice Master for five years, Guardian of the House of Philosophy for five years, served as Pastor in two separate parishes for a total of thirteen years and spent two years in a House of Prayer Community.  

Phone: 845-424-3609 x 234

Judi Scherer

Judi Scherer started working at CYFM in June of 2003 as the bookkeeper. In August of 2006, she was moved to the front office to do the scheduling of retreats, reception and bookkeeping. Before coming to CYFM, she was secretary and bookkeeper for a fundraising and consulting firm in Garrison. She graduated from Berkeley Secretarial School. She resides in nearby Cold Spring. Judi has three grown children Dawn; Misty and her husband Greg; and Patrick and his wife Lauren. She also has three beautiful granddaughters, Lauren, Abby, and Paige.  

Phone: 845-424-3609 x 221

Ann Wright

Ann Wright has worked at CYFM since November 2005. She holds degrees in Nutrition and Hotel & Restaurant Management, as well as being a Master Instructor in School Food Service. She resides in Garrison with her son, Max, and it only takes her six minutes to get to the CYFM kitchen!

Mary Ellen Yannitelli

Mary Ellen Yannitelli began her position as an office assistant at CYFM in March 2011. She has been a Catechist for 15 years, certified for 2 Levels for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Cold Spring. She lives in Garrison with her husband Tony and their children, Salvatore and Aubrey.