Meet Our Coordinators
Lydia Hearn has been the English instructor and co-coordinator for Puente since 2013.
Born of Korean immigrant parents, Lydia has lived most of her life in California. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she received her bachelor's and master's degrees in English.
During her time as a graduate student, Lydia had the privilege of teaching for a program called ACE, which targeted students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, many of whom were first-generation college students.
Lydia began teaching at De Anza College in 2000. While at De Anza, she has served as an English instructor, Honors Program Coordinator, English department co-chair, Academic Senate President, Interim Dean of Language Arts, Interim Associate Vice President of Instruction, Umoja English instructor, and REACH English instructor. She hopes to use the knowledge and experience she has gained in these roles to help Puente students navigate their transition to college and their successful transfer to a 4-year institution.
Lydia lives with her daughter in Sunnyvale and spends her free time playing sports, singing, and reading.
Liliana Rivera is the counselor and co-coordinator for Puente.
Lili graduated from Napa Valley College with an associate degree in social and behavioral sciences, and then transferred to the University of California, Davis. She received a bachelor's degree in sociology with an emphasis in law and society. Lili went on to get her master's degree in counseling with an emphasis in college counseling from San Francisco State University. She strongly believes in the saying, “Always a Student,” because as an educator, she believes that we never stop learning nor growing.
During her free time, she enjoys reading, journaling, attending music concerts, traveling abroad and spending time with loved ones. Lili also spends her time volunteering for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization where she mentors a sophomore student in high school. In 2017, the city of Napa, Mayor Jill Techel and the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization honored Lili as North Bay-Napa “Big Sister of the Year.”
Lili is the proud daughter of two immigrant parents from Mexico. Lili is bilingual in Spanish and English. Apart from working and volunteering Lili’s favorite place to visit is her dad’s small hometown – Guanajuato, Mexico, known as "El Sabino."