Deputy Grand Marshal:
Eileen Donnelly Biennas
Eileen Donnelly Biennas was born in South Amboy, and raised in Old Bridge, New Jersey. Eileen is the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Kathleen Marie Noel Donnelly, who were both very proud Irish Americans. Charlie was President of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh and a long time member, a committee member on the N.J. State Irish Festival, a member of the Belmar Lake Como Parade Committee and the Grand Marshal of the 2002 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Kathleen was a member of the Women of Irish Heritage and the Deputy Grand Marshal of the 1998 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Eileen’s maternal great-grandparents were from County Meath and County Donegal. Her Grandparents hit the Irish Catholic trifecta and were parents to a Priest -Father Raymond Schmidt, a Nun -Sister Patricia Schmidt, and a Brother -Donald Schmidt along with her Uncle Kenneth and Mother. She has three Aunts on her Father’s side, Elizabeth, MaryJo and Maureen.
Eileen has three siblings. Noreen Barnes married to Dennis , Patrick Donnelly married to Michele and Brian Donnelly married to Tracy. Her nieces and nephews: Alexandra, Dennis, Patrick, Colm, Bridget and Brendan have all proudly walked in the parade. The newest family member, thirteen month old grand-niece, Charlie, will be proudly take her first stroll down Main Street on March 1st.
Eileen attended Montclair State University until she took on a management position at Casey O’Tooles Restaurant. From there she went on to own and operate Fearns Control, Inc. In 2002 she sold the company and started another small business along with substitute teaching, working for Donnelly’s Top Hat Catering and raising her daughters. In 2012 she was employed by the Monroe Township Police Department as a Private Billing Clerk and was promoted to Office Manager and Confidential Secretary. Eileen currently is the Executive Administrative Assistant to The Mayor. She works on several commissions in Township of Monroe including the A.D.A and the Human Relations Commission.
Eileen’s biggest joy is her family and friends. Her husband, Michael Biennas, has been with the Monroe Township Police Department for 34 years and is currently the Chief of Police and a member of the Old Bridge FSOS. Her daughter Caitlin Noel is a junior at Montclair State University studying Justice Studies with a minor in Psychology, daughter Madeline Anne is a high school senior and will be attending Stockton University next year, Jacqueline is a Nursing Student at Brookdale, Zachary is a warrior battling Beckers Muscular Dystrophy and Gabriel is a sophomore at Monroe Township High School. They enjoy attending concerts and shows, traveling and summer vacations in Long Beach Island New Jersey.
Eileen has always valued community involvement. She was on the Executive Board of the New Egypt PTO and served as treasurer for two years and president for four. Eileen worked along with her Dad with the New Jersey Irish Festival, and served as their secretary in 2006 and 2008. Eileen has been a member of the Woman of Irish Heritage Jersey Shore since 2004 and currently serves as the Treasurer to the Belmar Lake Como Parade Committee. The Biennas family has worked together to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Special Olympics through annual walks, polar plunges and plane pulls.
Eileen is honored to lead the best St. Patrick’s day parade in New Jersey with Scott Fitzgerald, and looks forward to sharing the day with her family, good friends and all of the wonderful spectators who also love their Irish heritage, whether they are first generation or just Irish for the day!