Administration

Jonathan Gastel, Ph.D.

Assistant Superintendent

Dr. Gastel, who earned his B.A. from Yale University and Ph.D from Johns Hopkins University, brings to the New York Military Academy a strong desire to propel students to higher standards for academics, leadership, and character. Before joining NYMA, he taught various subjects in both public and private schools locally and internationally, including Stuyvesant High School in New York City. He also created and led several successful project-based instructional programs and was Supervisor of Secondary Science at Pelham, NY.

 


Maria Reeves

Dean of Academics

Maria Reeves joined the NYMA staff in August of 2006. Majoring in Psychology, she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and her Master of Arts Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is specifically responsible for international students entering the country, student scheduling, standardized testing and the college application process. Her greatest work is helping students navigate their way through high school and ultimately finding that perfect college fit.

 


John Dolan

Director of Admissions

Mr. Dolan has put forward 25 years of experience working in an educational environment, 21 years with the New York Police Department and 27 years in the US Army and Army Reserve. He has a strong ability to maintain the continuing flow of quality applicants and recognize core trends effectively. Mr. Dolan’s strength in admissions and marketing educational curriculum will be a huge asset to NYMA. He is excited about this opportunity to help bring NYMA back to the prestigious school it once was.

 


Andrew Erickson

Assistant Director of Admissions

Andrew Erickson loves military school. Having attended one for high school and junior college, he wants more students to have this enriching experience and learn all the great life skills that these unique institutions can provide. Mr. Erickson received his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University and has worked as a teacher, coach, photographer, resident faculty officer, marketer, and in admissions. Mr. Erickson is joined on campus by his beautiful wife Jennifer and two wonderful children.  They are all excited about moving to New York and exploring the Hudson Valley. In his free time, Andrew enjoys reading, kayaking, hiking, and computer programming.

 


Richard Thorn

Director of Dining Facilities

Richard Thorn is a culinary professional with over 30 years of experience in all aspects of food service. He is an alumnus of Paul Smith’s College (A.A.S. Culinary Arts) and has served in the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Service (MS2-SS). After his time in the Navy, Mr. Thorn became a certified Dietary Manager and worked in contract food service. He was assigned to a variety of locations throughout the region including medical, corporate, recreational and educational facilities. Richard Thorn is returning to NYMA where he was Food Service Director from 2013-2015.

 


Dan Lorenzen

Commandant
Major Dan Lorenzen joined NYMA as the Commandant of Cadets in August 2017. He is responsible for the health, welfare, discipline, morale, and military training for all cadets. Major Lorenzen has 22 years of experience as both an enlisted soldier and officer in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps and is a Leadership Award winner. Major Lorenzen also is the former director of the Combatives Program for the United States Military Academy where he trained our future army officers in hand-to-hand combat. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri and a Master of Arts in Sport and Exercise Education from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
 
 

Fletcher Bailey

JROTC Instructor
Master Sergeant Bailey arrived at NYMA in May of 1998. He provided TAC support until joining the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps in 2000. As an Army Instructor, he has continued to motivate young people to be better citizens. At the core of his instruction is leadership, character and academic excellence.
 
 
 
 

Bobby Rahn

Athletic Coordinator
Mr. Robert Rahn comes to NYMA from John S. Burke Catholic High School where he taught, was Dean of Discipline, and coached their basketball team to a New York State Championship. He is passionate about helping students reach their potential through participation in athletics. Mr. Rahn excels at helping student-athletes improve their academic record by creating a supportive environment both on and off the court. Additionally, he has extensive experience at finding his student-athletes excellent opportunities at the collegiate and even professional levels. Here at NYMA, Mr. Rahn will continue coaching and organizing his very popular basketball camps and tournaments. It is his goal to lead the entire athletic program at the academy into a new period of growth and achievement. Mr. Rahn will also teach health and wellness classes to both middle and high school students. 
 
 

Susan O'Dell, R.N.

Health Services Manager and Head Nurse
Bio coming soon.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nick Mishkovski

Director of Facilities
Nick Mishkovski holds a Master’s Degree in History and EPA Universal Certification from The National Center for Construction Education and Research. He joined NYMA in December of 2015 after working in West Point Military Academy and TF Cornerstone in NYC and brings more than 15 years of experience in construction. Mr. Mishkovski believes in the greatness of NYMA and his goal is to bring the academy’s facilities to their full potential and glory, while maintaining the safety and security of NYMA’s cadets and employees.