Meet our Staff

Linda Weems

Executive Director

For over fifteen years Ms. Weems has served as an advocate for individuals with behavioral and emotional diagnosis. Her vision for the Mullen-Polk Foundation, a non-profit, which she founded in 2015 for the unique purpose of assisting all youth in fulfilling their desires to live, work, and exercise their rights as productive citizens. 

Ms. Weems was inspired at a young age, by the important belief that every human being had the inherent right to self-fulfillment.

The organization has an exceptional record for exceeding requirements to enhance the quality of service delivered throughout its programs. 

David Cea Program Manager

David Cea is an individual with a lifelong interest in helping youth and vulnerable populations. As a child, he entered the system at 11 years old and remained a ward of the state until he was 18. During his tenure in the custody of the State of Texas he lived in a variety of group and foster homes. His experiences opened his eyes to the ever-increasing number of forgotten people without a voice, and the atrocities they can suffer with no one to help them advocate for themselves.

As an adult in his early 20’s he began working with the elderly in nursing homes and remained in that field for 8 years, before returning to his roots and beginning work with at-risk teens. During this time, due mainly to an inability to rise any further with the company due to lack of education, he began attending college at age 31 at the University of Central Oklahoma. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in only three years and was awarded a full academic scholarship to the University of Chicago where he obtained a Masters Degree in Social Sciences with a dual focus in Human Rights and History in only 8 ½ months. His research was focused on dehumanization and torture prisoners face at the hands of corrections officers and the numerous international laws such treatment violates.

Following graduate school David began working for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) as a supervisor in both Washington state and Oregon. Once again, however, he felt the pull to return to direct service with those he knew best and accepted a position as the Program Manager for Our Next Generation in Vancouver WA.

Hillary Hewson - Case Manager 

Hillary Hewson grew up in Clark County and was a Ridgefield Spudder. In high school she served on the Clark County Youth Commission where she found her passion for being an advocate for struggling teens. She Graduated from High School, with honors, in 2005 and went to Western Washington University. During her time at Western she served a a community leader organizing and participating in volunteer events.  

In 2009 she graduated with Dual Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences, again graduating with honors. She spent a year as an Assistant Coordinator to the Clark County Youth Commission. She then served as the sole coordinator for Clark County's Strong Teens Against Substance Hazards and Abuse's program for six months. From here she got an opportunity to work with behavioral foster children in region 3 as a Behavioral Intervention Specialist. 

During her 4 years with Service Alternatives (a BRS agency) she led therapeutic groups teaching safety, self soothing skills, substance abuse awareness, puberty and sex education lessons, and independent living skills. She was also the Supervisor in charge of organizing company events and coordinating activity programs for school breaks. In this work she Incorporated her passion for community service through organizing service projects and getting foster youth to volunteer at local non profits. After 4 years supporting BRS foster youth in the community she realized the two biggest impacts in kids lives are home and school. So she enrolled in City University of Seattle's Masters of Education in School Counseling program in the Fall of 2017 and got a job working in ONG staffed residential in December 2017. With over 5 years training and prior work experiences with youth, Hillary Hewson is determined to be a compassionate advocate for at risk teens. 

Darryl Shears

Direct Care / Case Aid Staff

Mr. Shears comes from a background of foster care, while growing up with youth in his younger years, he was also a foster parent for BRS youth in King County. He was also employed with CFSF out of Port Orchard for several years as a case aid. 

He has currently returned to school in Clark County and loves to travel.

Charles Marentes- Direct Care / Youth Mentor

My name is Charles Marentes.

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and moved to Vancouver, Washington on May of 2017. I graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2015 with a bachelor's in Psychology.

I bring years of experience in the mental health field, having worked with children diagnosed with Autism and other developmental delays and with individuals on parole who are diagnosed with a mental health disability. I have extensive experience working with children and adults alike. I hope to make a difference in the lives of our youth! 

Erika Lutz - Direct Care / Youth Mentor

Tony Welleh - Direct Care / Youth Mentor