Jonathan Gastel, Ph.D.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.