Harlem Alumni

Welcome to the Harlem Alumni Page. We have more than 25,000 outstanding graduates around the world building careers, running businesses, mentoring others and raising families. We are making a concerted effort to find and reach out to as many of our alums as possible.

This school year:

* We’re starting a monthly alumni email blast to help our graduates keep up on what is going on here at Harlem and to highlight what our alumni are up to.

* We’ve launched Harlem alumni pages on Facebook and a Harlem alumni LinkedIn group to help our graduates network with each other.

* We’ve contracted with Alex Gary, Harlem Class of 1987, to lead the reach out campaigns, and he’ll be working with our staff to coordinate our various efforts.

Of course, you don’t have to wait for us to find you. If you are a Harlem graduate and would like to become a part of the Harlem alumni network, please just fill out the form and you’ll begin receiving the monthly email blast.

We can’t wait to hear from you.

Jason Blume, Director of Stakeholder Engagement

Alumni Spotlight

Class of 1977 Grad Helps Women Navigate Cancer Treatments

Kathi Peebles Bouland, Class of 1977. Kathi is a breast health nurse navigator at the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center.

At Harlem, Kathi was a highly active student. She was a member of the girls athletic association, competed on the track team and performed on the pom pon squad. She also was part of the yearbook club, Quill & Scroll, was elected to the student council and earned a place in the National Honor Society.

After Harlem, she earned an associate's degree in nursing from Rock Valley College in 2004 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing science from Olivet Nazarene University in 2014.

Kathi began working for SwedishAmerican as an oncology nurse in 2008. In her current role, she helps newly diagnosed breast cancer patients through their treatment journey, educating them on options and serving as much needed support.

In 2017, Bouland talked to about her role. You can read it at

Class of 1982 Leads Public Housing and Educational Efforts in Tennessee

Pam Bratcher, Class of 1982. Pam is the executive director of the Martin Housing Authority, which serves four counties in Tennessee.

At Harlem, Pam played volleyball, basketball and softball. She continued to play volleyball and softball at Rock Valley College. In 1999, she eventually earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee.

Pam joined the Martin Housing Authority in 2000 as financial director. She moved up to deputy director in 2016 before taking over as executive director in April 2018.

The Martin Housing Authority manages 343 housing units in Weakley County and another 100 in Obion, Dyer and Fayette counties. The Martin Housing Authority also offers after-school and summer education to its residents at no cost.

Class of 1996 Grad Heads Catering at New Rockford Riverfront Hotel

Kelly Kocal Plath, Class of 1996. Kelly is a key member to the most important addition to Rockford’s downtown in four decades.

Kelly is the director of catering sales for the new Embassy Suites by Hilton Riverfront & Rockford, which finally opened at the beginning of July. The former Amerock manufacturing plant now is a 160-room hotel featuring the area’s first convention center.

After graduating from Harlem, Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in parks, recreation and leisure studies from Western Illinois University. After working at WQRF TV for two years, Kelly started her hotel career in 2008, first working for the Best Western Clock Tower Resort and then the Hilton Garden Inn.

Kelly joined the Embassy Suites staff in October.