Van Auken attended the University of South Florida, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in anthropology. A registered professional archaeologist and former instructor at Lycoming College, she has directed multi-year public cultural heritage projects, worked with hundreds of volunteers, and educated thousands of visitors. As a communication educator, she’s guided college students for two decades, teaching media writing, public relations, and web communications and directing its youth program since 2002. In addition to her work at Penn Strategies, Robin serves as CEO of Hands-on Heritage. This professional services firm collaborates with government, corporate, association, education, and museum clients to develop outstanding visitor experiences and forge creative connections among people, ideas, and communities.



  • Steve Shur
    President Travel Technology Association | Washington DC
    These guys know how to get the grassroots motivated in Pennsylvania. They also maintain close relationships with county, state, and federal elected officials and are able to utilize these relationships to benefit their clients.