Dean of Academics / Chief Operating Officer
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.
Commandant / Director of Development
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 Heart, 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.
Assistant Director of Admissions
Mike Eagan earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Providence College in 1998. After pursuing various artistic endeavors including stand-up comedy, acting, and painting, Mike was hired by NYMA in 2017 to redesign and manage the website. Mike was soon hired full-time in the Admissions Department and excelled as an Admissions Counselor specializing in international admissions. He is now also a DSO for SEVIS and will continue to help international students enter the country so they may study 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.
Susan O'Dell, R.N.
Health Services Manager and Head Nurse