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.

  • Casey Hawes, M.A.

    Coordinator of Commuter Life

    Casey is from the little mountain town of Mariposa, California, where he grew up raising ostriches with his family and played every sport imaginable with his three brothers. He earned a B.A. in Studio Art from Fresno Pacific University and an M.A. in Leadership: Leadership Development from APU. He has been a camp counselor, coach, and youth pastor, as well as a residence director here at APU for the last four years. He feels blessed to be the coordinator of commuter life and to journey alongside APU commuter students and support their engagement, development, and belonging on campus. Casey was a commuter for three years as an undergrad and desires to help the commuter community feel valued and included in their home away from home here at APU. In his free time, he enjoys quality time with his wonderful wife, Corrie, as well as family and friends.

  • Anna Eidmann

    Commuter Life Graduate Assistant

    Anna was born and raised outside of Chicago and graduated from APU with a B.A. in Psychology. She loved her time as a resident assistant during college and went on to be a residence director at Adams State University in Colorado. She is in her first year of the M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development program at APU. She loves hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains, listening to music and podcasts, and spending time with friends.