Armory Foundation Co-President & Director of Armory College Prep
Rita Finkel has worked at The Armory for ten years, overseeing budgets, audits and financial strategies. She is also involved in developing and supporting sponsor relationships, educational development and special events here at the Armory. Her prior experience includes being the Executive Director of the Fencers Club, the oldest continuously running fencing club in the United States.
Jonathan B. Schindel
Armory Foundation Co-President
Jonathan Schindel started at The Armory in January of 2016 after serving as a member of the Armory Foundation’s Board. Prior to joining The Armory, Jonathan spent eleven years at Hartz Capital, Inc. where he sat on the investment committee and had direct responsibility for all private equity and illiquid investments. From 1998 until 2005, Jonathan worked at a NYC-based private investment partnership, and from 1991 until 1997 he was a lawyer at Skadden Arps, serving hedge fund and private equity fund clients.
Director of Armory College Prep Middle School Program
The Armory College Prep’s mission to send students "to and through college" deeply resonates with Alberto Aquino’s personal beliefs. Since he began working at The Armory this past spring, Alberto has designed and delivered an academic program that sets his students up for long-term success. Prior to assuming this position, he served as a fifth grade math teacher at HYDE Leadership Charter School in the South Bronx and worked closely with community partners and students' family members in reaching student achievement. Alberto began his career in education in Clarksdale, Mississippi, while completing his two-year commitment to Teach for America.
Chief Office Administrator & Community Liaison
Glennis Aquino is entering her sixth year as an Armory employee. She is a resident of Washington Heights and proud member of Manhattan’s Community Board 12. She has worked in the non-profit sector for over 10 years and is an alumna of Fordham University.
Director of Facilities
John Carpenter joined The Armory in February 2016. He brings with him over 15 years experience in the hospitality industry. Since moving to New York City in 2010, John has perfected his skills in both events and facilities management while working with Abigail Kirsch and Sonnier & Castle.
Director of Timing & HS Track & Field
Tim Fulton has worked at the Armory for over ten years, acting as webmaster for ArmoryTrack.com from 2004 through 2011. He now directs all timing and results operations, oversees the Armory season schedule, acts as meet director for all major high school invitationals and is the chief meet organizer for the NYRR Millrose Games. He previously coached high school and college track and field and cross country from 1996 to 2013 – winning a NY State XC title in 2004 and coaching over 25 All-American’s.
Digital Media Manager
Justin Gaymon is entering his third year at The Armory. Throughout the indoor season his roles include photographing meets, driving social media engagement, writing pre and post meet communications and conducting video interviews. He attended the University of Georgia, where he majored in advertising and was a three-time SEC Champion. He still competes on the professional track and field circuit, specializing in the 400m hurdles, and has competed in five USA Track & Field Championship finals.
Director of Operations
Tom Healy joined the Armory in September of 2006 after having worked with the Police Athletic League, which is located in the same facility as The Armory. Prior to the PAL, Tom was employed at My Town Recreation Department as a program/event coordinator, overseeing youth sports programs and community events.
Director of College Counseling
Clayton Harding helps students create the list of colleges and scholarships they will apply to/for, and then helps them successfully submit those applications on a timely basis. He has been an employee of the Armory's since January of 2014.
Fran is responsible for entering the payroll biweekly, managing all bank deposits and withdrawals, managing and recording all accounts payables/expenses, producing all check payments and reconciling all bank statements. Also, she maintains the records of and respond to all questions regarding: staff personnel, track meet workers and financial reports.
Maria A. Lupardo
Executive Vice President
Maria A. Lupardo, joined The Armory to focus on expanding the Special Event Department. Maria brings over 10 years of significant sales and planning experience. With venues in her past stride like the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Maria ushered in a new era of sales for the Armory Foundation and has just celebrated their strongest year yet. Born and raised in NY all her life, she currently resides in Astoria, NY.
Director of College Track & Field
Jack Pfeifer is responsible for the college program at the Armory, and is responsible for putting together the event calendar, recruiting teams and creating/organizing meets. Jack is the Meet director of the annual Armory Track Invitational, which takes place in early February. Before joining The Armory’s staff in 2001, Jack worked as a journalist, including 15 years at the New York Times.
Amber Zabrina Salomon
Special Events Manager
Amber joined the Armory in November 2009 after graduating from Binghamton University with a BA in Political Science and Sociology. She is a dedicated member of the Armory Foundation's Special Events Team.
Mary Rose Synek
Director of Writing & Arts Achievement
Mary Rose Synek lives to help students tell their stories, guiding them through every step as they create, organize, and bring to life their personal statements for college admission. During the academic year, her students study the ever-fascinating subject of themselves through acting, writing and reading the great works of under read masters. Through ACP’s unique summer program, Mary uses theatre and Broadway to further prepare students for their college experiences. Mary Rose has been a part of the Armory staff since November of 2011.
Bassett W. A. Thompson
Director of Track and Field
Bassett Thompson began his career in track and field as a PSAL meet director, having earned a master level USATF official certification in 1996, before joining the Armory staff in 2008 as an assistant manager. In 2011 he became the Armory’s director of track and field. Bassett also serves as the PSAL Commissioner of Cricket.