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. Ms. Reeves was appointed as the 19th superintendent of New York Military Academy by the Borad of Trustees on Janurary 1st, 2020.
Dean of Academics
Christine Coalwell McDonald has taught for more than fifteen years at private schools in New York and New Jersey. She has a Master of Arts (M.A.L.A.) in Liberal Education from Saint John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from American University in Washington, D.C.
Ms. McDonald was the Internal Coordinator for Middle States Association School Accreditation and Chair of the History and Social Studies Departments at the Storm King School. At Tuxedo Park School she served as History Department Coordinator and as the coach of the school’s academic teams, National Academic Quiz Tournaments, National History Bee & Bowl, and Model United Nations.
Christine is also a former Research Associate at Monticello's Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies and has published several articles and essays on Jefferson, his family, and education in the early republic.
SFC Benjamin Waring (Ret.)
Director of Cadet Life
SFC Waring comes back to NYMA after a two-year engagement in Afghanistan with Fluor Corporation as a Health Safety and Environmental Coordinator. SFC Waring has earned credits from Fayetteville Technical Institute, Hawaii Pacific College, Chaminade University, Empire State University, and Mount Saint Mary College. He is also our Summer Leadership Program’s Survival Instructor.
Ben is a retired Army Sergeant First Class with 21 years of service. He has deployed as a Combat Medic to Bosnia and Honduras and his units of assignment include: 2nd Battalion 75th Infantry (Rangers); 9th Cavalry Brigade Air Attack (Provisional), 9th Infantry Division; 1st Battalion 62nd Air Defense Artillery, 25th Infantry Division; 1st Battalion 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division; 307th Medical Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division; 407th Forward Support Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division; 261st Area Support Medical Battalion, 18th Airborne Corps.
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.