Staff Directory

Office of College Life (Main Number/Front Desk)

College Life, Club, DASB, Photo ID, SmartPass Clipper Card, and More Help and Information

Hyon Chu Yi-Baker

Director of College Life

Dennis Shannakian

College Life Office Coordinator

La Donna Yumori-Kaku

College Life Advisor

Yali Zhu

Flea Market Coordinator

Michele LeBleu-Burns

Dean of Student Development

Maria Hernandez Mazariegos

Student Development Administrative Assistant

Staff Bios

Hyon Chu Yi-Baker

Hyon Chu Yi-BakerHyon Chu Yi-Baker was raised in a small town called Puyallup located about 30 miles outside of Seattle, Washington. She immigrated to the United States from Seoul, Korea at the age of 3 and became a U.S. citizen at age 12. As a proud first generation college student and English language learner, she attended Western Washington University and majored in American Cultural Studies.

As a college student, she was an active member of the Ethnic Student Center, Associated Students, and Student Clubs and Organizations. Throughout her time at WWU she worked as a Resident Advisor, Peer Mentor, and Summer Bridge Counselor which was a program that worked with low income youth. It was during her college years that she discovered her passion working with students in various capacities involving leadership, activism, and advocacy. This led her to earn a Master’s in Science from Colorado State University in Student Affairs in Higher Education.  For over 20 years, she has worked at various 4-year public institutions including UC Davis, CSU Monterey Bay, Cal Poly Pomona, and San Jose State University.  Currently, she is working in her first community college role as the Interim Director of College Life at De Anza College.

Hyon Chu has over 20 years of experience working in higher education serving in multiple positions including resident director, adjunct lecturer, diversity and leadership trainer, director of a cultural center, ombudsperson, and as a program director of student success focused on transitional and retention services for marginalized populations. Hyon Chu is dedicated to enhancing and advocating for the academic and cultural empowerment of historically under-represented students. She is also committed to creating a learning environment where all students can thrive and reach their potential. This is part of her dissertation research where Hyon Chu is completing her Doctoral studies at San Jose State University in Educational Leadership.

In her spare time, Hyon Chu loves to travel, cook, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her family and friends. She especially adores her children and feel incredibly blessed to be their mom. Hyon Chu resides in Morgan Hill with her husband and their two kids.

Dennis Shannakian

Picture of Dennis ShannakianDennis Shannakian was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia although is ancestry is Armenian and his parents were born in Lebanon.  He moved from Saudi Arabia to Anjar, Lebanon for a few years then moved to the US in 1985 at the age of 9.  He eventually became a US citizen and has lived here in the San Jose area for most of his life.  He attended De Anza College and obtained an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Business and Computer Information Systems.

As a college student, he became a student employee in the Office of College Life, which at the time was known as the Student Activities Office, and also worked with the DASB Senate on various projects.  In September 1999 he became a full time staff member of the Office of College Life and has been coordinating the office functions and advising the DASB Senate ever since.

Dennis believes in student empowerment and enjoys working with students.  He thinks it is always fresh and exciting with new students coming each year to learn and grow.

In his spare time, Dennis loves to read, listen to music, draw, play computer/video games, try new foods and restaurants, and spend time with family and friends.  Dennis is married and resides in South San Jose.

La Donna Yumori-Kaku

Picture of La Donna Yumori-KakuLa Donna Yumori-Kaku has been working at De Anza College for over 37 years in the Office of College Life. She is a first generation college student with a Master's Degree in Counseling Education from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies and a Minor in Asian American Studies from San Jose State University. She understands the De Anza experience having earned her Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from West Los Angeles Community College.

Since High School she has been actively involved with clubs, student leadership organizations, the yearbook staff and at San Jose State University she was involved with the College Union Programming Board as the Film Coordinator, Oriocci -Asian American club, volunteering with the Asian American Studies program, and Student Coordinator of the Asian Pride Program. She has always enjoyed volunteering with student and community organizations planning events and doing fundraisers. She has her own personal experiences of being involved and having a "second family."

She enjoys working with the diverse student population with the clubs, Inter Club Council (ICC) and the De Anza Associated Student Body (DASB) student government in a non traditional job. She encourages students to participate with active campus involvement for an enriched educational experience. She helped start some events that have continued (Club Day, Club Karaoke, Fall Dance, and Spring Carnival) and other events that are no longer here in an ever changing environment. She shares her organizational skills, an open mind to ideas and a listening ear to the students she is involved with. She hopes that the students who get involved feel that De Anza is their second family too! She has many fond memories of the hundreds of the students that she has worked with and still keeps in touch with them through social media.

She is currently the Co chair of the Asian Pacific American Staff Association (APASA) and a Senator for the Classified Senate at De Anza College. In the past she has served on the California Community College Student Affairs Association (CCCSAA) as the President, Vice President, Secretary and Regional Representative 4.

Yali Zhu

Picture of Yali ZhuYali Zhu is a De Anza graduate with double majors in Accounting and Business Administration. She started her first position on campus as student employee while perusing her education. She had a couple different roles in accounting field before taking her current position as DASB Flea Market Coordinator at De Anza College in 2016. In addition to her extensive accounting and event coordinate experiences, she is also serving as supervisor and budgeter of DASB Bike Program which offers free bicycle rental to De Anza students. Yali enjoys working with students and help them to grow in the positions she supervises. Her passionate is about making every meal a feast and trying new recipes. She loves to hang out with her kids in the theaters.

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