Meet the Staff

  • Rhianna Pierre-Puckett

    Director of Commuter Life

    Rhianna is originally from La Verne, California. She graduated from Westmont College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and is pursuing a Master of Science in Organizational Psychology at Azusa Pacific. During college she was a resident assistant for two years, instantly falling in love with the impactful and transformative work of student affairs and higher education. After graduating from Westmont, she worked in church ministry through the Free Methodist denomination in Southern California and was also a residence director at APU. She is overjoyed to be a part of the Office of Commuter Life and loves finding ways to create opportunities for commuter students to feel a sense of belonging and connection on campus. She is a huge fan of deep conversations over perfectly crafted cups of coffee, finding the rare fall-colored leaf in sunny Southern California, and being a part of anything that involves dancing.

  • Michaela Gomes

    Commuter Life Graduate Assistant

    Michaela grew up in the rainy Pacific Northwest and graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in English. She then came to APU, where she is now in her second and final year of the M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development. She loves reading, painting, and watching movies with friends online!

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