Who We Are


Hands on Heritage is a professional communications team headed by Robin Van Auken, owner, and chief executive officer. Robin is an author, an educator, and a registered professional archaeologist, a skillset she uses every day as a cultural heritage and communication specialist. She enjoys working on projects, large and small, in the field and in the office.

Robin Van Auken
Robin Van AukenResearcher, Writer
Robin is a writer and researcher, with decades of experience producing visual and editorial content for a range of media, including digital media, books, newspapers, and magazines.
Lance Van Auken
Lance Van AukenResearcher, Writer
Lance directed every detail of a $4.4 million museum renovation project, from architectural and construction aspects to selection of graphics and artifact mounting.
Tonya Anderson
Tonya AndersonResearcher, Writer
Tonya Anderson is a writer, spiritual therapist, and inspirational speaker. She has vast experience working with veterans, politicians, and victims of trauma.
Sarah Vandenberg
Sarah VandenbergEditor, Consultant
With a background in analytics, web development, and communications, Sarah helps you find the most efficient and engaging way to tell your story, and inspire your supporters.
Naheem Height
Naheem HeightIntern Researcher
Naheem is a committed, hardworking, and amiable professional student of Lycoming College. Hailing from Newark, NJ, he is interested in legal practices and policy.
Dage Girault Albert
Dage Girault Albert Intern Researcher
Dage is a Lycoming College student studying Sociology, Human Services and Public Policy. From Newark, NJ, Dage plans to shape policy in favor towards those whose voices are not heard while serving them through nonprofit work.
Louis E. Hunsinger, Jr.
Louis E. Hunsinger, Jr.Researcher, Writer
Louis E. Hunsinger, Jr. is a freelance writer and historical researcher. He contributes to newspapers, as well as research journals.