Jonathan Gastel, Ph.D.
Dr. Gastel, who earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and his 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. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Geneseo and her Master of Arts degree, also in Psychology, from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has held many positions within the Academy and is often called upon for her experience in residential life, admissions, classroom management, testing, counseling, and the college application process. As the current PDSO for SEVIS, she is specifically responsible for international students entering the country. Her greatest work is helping students realize their full potential while using a very individualized approach. Ms. Reeves creates many opportunities for students to participate in community service because she would like to instill the belief that we are all stewards of our community.
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 U.S. 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 curriculums is a huge asset to NYMA.
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. In his free time, Mr. Erickson enjoys reading, kayaking, hiking, and computer programming.
Joseph Naseef is the Commandant here at NYMA. His role is to enforce the standards of the cadet manual, counsel cadets to resolve infractions, and foster a healthy environment for our cadets to thrive in. He recently retired from the U.S. Army where he deployed overseas several times...first with the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment at Vilseck, Germany, again in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2007-2008), and then to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (2011-2012). Mr. Naseef is a recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heat, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. Prior to joining our team, he was a MS100 college instructor for the Military Science Division at West Point for four years. Mr. Naseef also teaches a Military Familiarization class as well as a Military Science course here at NYMA.
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. Mr. Thorn returned to NYMA in 2017. He was previously the Food Service Director here from 2013-2015.
Lydia Chan is the Program Coordinator for the Early College & Postgraduate Programs here at NYMA. She brings with her several years of experience having worked in various offices at the NYC Department of Education. During her time there, she moved fluidly between different roles…from overseeing school compliance, developing special education policies and initiatives, and project managing citywide STEM programs.
Ms. Chan is also a recipient of the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship which fully funded both her college and graduate education at Columbia University. She holds a bachelor’s in Psychology and a master’s in Education Policy (Legal Specialization), matriculating cum laude.
Susan O'Dell, R.N.
Health Services Manager and Head Nurse