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.
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.
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.
 


Debra Bower
Program Coordinator
Debby Bower grew up in PA. Her and her family moved to Huntsville 13 years ago after her husband retired from the United States Marine Corps. During his 22 years serving, Debby and her family enjoyed the many places they lived and visited. They had the opportunity to meet so many people from all backgrounds. Debby began her professional career in various areas of banking. She also volunteered in many community events leading her to the nonprofit sector. She spent several years planning and executing fundraising events and community development with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She enjoys giving back to her community and making a difference in the lives of others. Debby has 2 children and 4 grandchildren whom she adores and loves. When she is not spoiling her grandchildren, her and her husband love to jump on his Harley and catch a concert or go wherever the road takes them. Debby is excited to be the Program Coordinator for the Pathway 2 Success Program working with students, mentors, staff and instructors coordinating various programs and events.
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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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Wilma 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 an 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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