Nassau County Aide to the Grand Marshal
Born in the Bronx, Regina McGannon Begley is the second of three children born to Patrick and Mary (Crotty) McGannon from County Clare. Regina is a graduate of St. Elizabeth’s grammar school, and attended high school at the Academy of the Sacred Heart of Mary. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Marketing from Manhattan College. While at Manhattan, Regina served as an officer on the Commuter Student Council, was a member of the Gaelic Society, and a member of the first women’s basketball team at the school. Regina and her fellow Lady Jaspers were honored by the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994. Regina has been employed by New York Life Insurance Company for the past 37 years and currently holds the position of Corporate Vice President in the Insurance Technology Department. Regina is an active member of the company’s Volunteers for Life program which participates in the Back to School program, the annual food drive, the winter coat drive, and the Christmas GiftGiving program. Regina Begley joined the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians in 1996 as a member of Division 17, Long Beach and has held an office on Division 17’s executive board for 14 of the last 16 years, including several terms as Division President. She was elected to the Nassau County Board in 2003, and currently serves as the County Board President. She has been a dedicated volunteer for the annual AOH Nassau County Feis and Festival since 2002, and became Dance Chairperson in 2007. In 2006, Regina was named Division 17’s Woman of the Year and in 2009, Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians of Nassau County named her Woman of the Year. In 2013, she was elected to the LAOH New York State Board and is currently the LAOH NYS Irish Historian. In January 2014, she was honored at the AOH Nassau County Ball as 2014 Feis Worker of the Year, in 2015, Regina served as local co-chair for the 2015 AOH/LAOH NYS Convention. Regina Begley has been married to her husband Peter for 16 years and they are parishioners of Sacred Heart Parish in Island Park.