The Mover & Shaker: Donna Watson Haynes, MTA Metro-North Railroad
MTA Metro-North Railroad regional tourism contenders like Dia:Beacon, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, The Culinary Institute of America and Lyndhurst all look to Donna Watson Haynes as an essential source for bringing in city folk. Haynes orchestrates partnerships and promotions to get people on the train to dine, shop, tour, hike throughout the Hudson Valley.
“Donna has been a mover and shaker in helping to increase tourism to the Hudson Valley,” says longtime colleague Mary Kay Vrba, president and CEO of Dutchess Tourism. “Her enthusiasm and energy carries throughout the region and Dutchess Tourism has benefited greatly through her partnership.”A Beacon resident, Haynes rides Metro-North daily into Grand Central. “I never get tired of the views from my window seat,” she says. “The Hudson River and the river towns that dot the Hudson Line make me feel like a tourist every day and it keeps me inspired when I get to work.”
Haynes is married to musician Jeff Haynes, and together they have three children: Valerie, 23; Oji, 18; and Driani, 15. She is a trustee of Howland Public Library in her Beacon neighborhood and she is active in the community service missions at her church New Vision Church of Deliverance.
MTA Metro-North Railroad | Hudson Valley