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 more than 100 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.
In addition to 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 was named the 2020 Woman of the Year for the Psi Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and currently is a member of the Women’s Business Council (WBC) with the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce where she serves as Vice President.
In early 2020, Alka was the keynote speaker for the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Huntsville Branch event, “Mentoring for Success.”  She has completed the Leadership Greater Huntsville Focus program, a 2 1/2-day program that introduces participants to the challenges and possibilities in the Huntsville area.  
She also served as president of the Women’s Economic Development Council (WEDC) Foundation in 2017.
Alka also enjoys giving back to the community through the volunteer work for Habitat to Humanity, the American Heart Association, Asha Kiran, and more.  In her free time, she likes to dive into a good book, cook delicious meals, or try out the latest interior decorating trends.
 


Jessica Bolling
Program Manager
Jessica is a Huntsville native with a bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama in Human and Environmental Science. She has over 13 years of experience in hospitality management. She spent the greater part of those years as an Event Manager at A.M. Booths Lumberyard and most recently worked as the Sales and Catering Director for WJP Restaurant Group. Jessica is active in the community and currently serving as the Secretary for the Huntsville Madison County Hospitality Association. In her downtime, she stays busy chasing after her two small boys, kayaking with friends, nestling up to a binge worthy series with her husband, tending to the yard, rearranging the furniture, attempting to cook, and spending time catching up with the people she loves. “I feel it is advantageous to surround ourselves with those that can help us grow and bring out the best in us. When I was a senior in high school, I dreamed about becoming an architect. That is exactly where that thought lived and died…in my dreams. I made decent grades and I was an average artist but I never thought I was good enough, smart enough, or rich enough to achieve such a high bar. I got by with the average bear and, at the time, I was happy with those results. Looking back, I wish I had stepped out of my comfort zone and really tested my true potential. Now with children of my own, I have a sincere interest in helping our youth find the courage they deserve to push the ball further. Unfortunately, there are many barriers in the way; particularly for young women as they face tremendous challenges including peer pressure, social media appearances, bullying, and overcoming stigmas such as excelling in so called “masculine subjects”. Over the years, I have helped many highlight the wonderful things they are proud of including achievements years in the making, celebrations that mark the beginning of a lifetime of happiness, parties to celebrate a body of work, and fundraisers supporting our community. If there is ever an opportunity to build someone up, I am the first to volunteer. My hope is to take everything I have learned in life and pay it forward to all the young women out there that may need a helping hand. Everything good should be shared. I am fortunate to have met a lot of brilliant people along my journey and I am always motivated by the transformations that happen as a result of two people coming together. We all leave a mark and we all inherit and carry a piece of those we have met. Relationships are one of the most meaningful aspects of life. When two people come in contact, they change and it’s my belief that the change should be for the better. “
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Demetria Horton
Marketing Consultant
Demetria holds a BBA from the University of North Alabama in Entrepreneurship and an MBA from Alabama A&M University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. As an operations and strategy professional with over eight years of experience in marketing, business relations and strategy, she enjoys contributing to organizational growth and business development. Demetria enjoys spending time with family and loves to travel. Her excursions, both academically and recreationally, include studying abroad at the International Business Academy in Kolding, Denmark and Nanjing Forestry University in Nanjing, China (International Business and Culture), visiting Denmark, Germany, China, Haiti, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. She has led, both domestic and international, leadership groups for Alternative Breaks, a college program promoting the facilitation of developing global citizenry, in Port Au Prince, Haiti; Ferguson, Missouri; Peoria, Illinois; and New York City.
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