About Us

Originally from India, Alka Bhargav has become an integral figure in the Huntsville community. She first obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Rajasthan University in Jaipur, India, as well as her MBA from the Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences in India. When Alka emigrated to the United States, Alka earned her Master of Arts in Communication from Washington State University. Subsequently, she worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor in Seattle.
After moving to Huntsville in 2000, Alka began a career in human resources and recruiting. She retired as HR director for Tecvox OEM Solutions in 2013. Her 14 years of HR experience gave her keen insight into what companies look for in high-potential employees. For many years, Alka desired to use this understanding and her own life experiences to empower young women from under-resourced backgrounds to recognize their potential.
In 2014, her dreams became a reality when Alka and her husband started a non-profit organization called the Charitable Foundation. Serving as Executive Director, Alka has provided 39 young women with invaluable resources for their futures. The AUM Charitable Foundation’s program, Pathway 2 Success equips young women with enrichment courses such as financial planning, emotional intelligence, and etiquette. Participants are also partnered with mentors, female professionals from a variety of backgrounds who live in Madison County. They are provided with job shadowing and informational sessions to clarify their career goals. At the end of the program, they receive a scholarship towards higher education.
Besides running the  Foundation, Alka also has served on numerous boards including New Futures, the Madison City Disability Advocacy, and the North Alabama Society of Human Resource Management. She also served as president of the Women’s Economic Development Council (WEDC) Foundation in 2017. Additionally, Alka enjoys giving back to the community through volunteer work for Habitat to Humanity, the American Heart Association, Asha Kiran, and more. In her free time, Alka likes to dive into a good book, cook delicious meals, or try out the latest interior decorating trends.


Paula Shea
Program Coordinator
Paula Shea, a Huntsville native, is the Program Coordinator for the Pathways 2 Success Program working with the students, mentors, staff and instructors coordinating various program functions and activities. After earning her degree in Computer Science and working in the defense industry for many years, she stayed home to raise two sons and remained active in numerous volunteer activities including volunteering at school including serving as PTA treasurer and numerous Band boosters’ positions. With a son at Auburn and one at UChicago, she is now excited to be working with the amazing participants in the Pathway 2 Success.
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Aspen Bowie
Director
Aspen Bowie serves as the Director of the AUM Foundation. A Memphis, TN native, Aspen is a Pastor, musician, graphic designer and certified life coach. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Sociology. She began her professional career in human resources in 2011. Her 8 years of Corporate Administration and HR experience has given her invaluable foundational knowledge about corporate culture and what it takes to succeed professionally in Corporate America. A lover of all things creative, Aspen Bowie also has more than 4 years of graphic design, marketing and image consulting experience. In addition to her work with the AUM foundation, Aspen serves on numerous local boards and mentors local high school and college students. She is the Lead Pastor of Greater Works Christian Center, a community church planted in the Lincoln Mills neighborhood. Additionally, Aspen is the Founder and Visionary of ABKeyz Ministries, a youth and young adult ministry dedicated to exposing, equipping and embracing the next generation of leaders. In her free time, Aspen enjoys traveling, watching documentaries, and spending time with her dogs, Cinnamon and Sugar.
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Anne Geary
Career Exploration Coordinator
Anne Geary is the Career Exploration Coordinator at Foundation working with the Pathways 2 Success Program. She coordinates with professionals in the community to provide valuable, hands-on job shadowing experience to students in the program. Anne moved to Madison, AL with her husband in 1997 and finished her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education at Athens State University. After working as a public-school teacher with Huntsville City Schools, she knows the importance of students’ education and preparing them for their future. She enjoys working with students and helping them grow and succeed. After her time in the school system, Anne spent several years working at a local nonprofit supporting the underserved and under-resourced in the community. Anne also enjoys volunteering with her daughters’ high school band program and Madison City School’s weekend food bag program.
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Wilma Jarman-Fields
Website Manager
Wilma Jarman-Fields retired in December 2011 after serving 40+ years as a Department of Army civilian. She held various positions throughout her career – from clerk-typist, computer aide, technical writer for PS Magazine, working on the Electronic Publications Team converting manuals from paper to electronic, and team leader of the Technical Manual Specifications and Standards. Wilma’s love of country comes in second to her love of family. She was raised in Winchester, Kentucky as one of eight children. Her federal job transferred her and her three daughters to Huntsville, Alabama in the early 1990s. She graduated from Athens State College with a BA in Management of Technology and a minor in Computer Information Systems. She went on to study at Strayer University graduating with a MBA in Business Management. Knowing how important it is to have someone believe you can reach your goals, she was motivated to become part of the AUM Foundation. Wilma demonstrates a strong attitude to helping her community. In addition to sponsoring the P2S Program, she has served on the WEDC Foundation board and volunteers with the Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center by maintaining their website, supporting seniors as a Medicare counselor, and assisting fundraising as travel assistant.
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