Who We Are


Hands-on Heritage is a professional communications team headed by Robin Van Auken. Robin is an author, an educator, and a registered professional archaeologist, a skillset she uses every day as a heritage specialist. The Hands-on Heritage team is unique for embedding itself within communities, developing relationships with citizens, and finding the unheard voices, the unseen images.

Robin Van Auken
Robin Van AukenResearcher, Writer
Robin is the founder of Hands-on Heritage. She has extensive experience as a researcher, a writer, an educator, and a registered professional archaeologist – a skillset she uses every day as a cultural communication specialist. She specializes in working with communities, galvanizing individuals to contribute their memories, photographs, and artifacts to develop legacy projects.
Lance Van Auken
Lance Van AukenResearcher, Writer
Lance enjoys directing museum renovation projects, from architectural and construction aspects to selection of graphics and artifact mounting. He served as a Vice President for Little League Baseball and the liaison for Little League International to The White House and President George W. Bush’s Tee Ball on the South Lawn initiative. Lance served for 12 years in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Sarah Stone
Sarah StoneEditor, Consultant
As a consultant in business model innovation, Sarah Stone produces award-winning communications and web development work. Sarah helps clients find the most efficient and engaging way to tell their stories and inspire supporters. A digital nomad based in Miami, she enjoys traveling the world and shares her entrepreneurial spirit on her site, Frayed Passport.
Tonya Anderson
Tonya AndersonResearcher, Writer
Tonya Anderson is a researcher, writer, therapist, and public speaker. A clinical mental health counselor (MS, CMHC), she has vast experience working with veterans, politicians, law enforcement officers, and victims of trauma through her private practice. She provides inspirational presentations for colleges, universities, professional organizations, and businesses, and is a TEDx speaker.
Poincia Lockcuff
Poincia LockcuffBusiness Advisor
Poincia Lockcuff, MBA, EA, is an independent business owner and consultant. Poincia has over 20 years’ experience with various industries including Conagra Foods, Delta Galil USA, Dean Foods, and KPMG. Her knowledge and expertise allow her to offer practical solutions to the challenges facing business owners. As an Enrolled Agent (EA), she is a federally licensed tax practitioner who specializes in taxation.