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Voter Guide: April 4, 2023 – Sunnybrook District 171 Board elections

Background: The Lansing Journal made efforts to contact all candidates in the April 4 Municipal Election to gather information to share with Lansing voters. Using a “candidate info form,” we asked the same questions of each local office seeker. Answers were prepared and submitted by the candidates. We will be sharing the info race by race in a series of “Voter Guide” posts.

LANSING, Ill. (March 15, 2023) – Sunnybrook School District 171 consists of Nathan Hale Elementary School and Heritage Middle School, and serves students from Lansing and Lynwood. Lansing residents living south of 186th Street and east of Volbrecht Road are served by District 171.

District 171 is governed by an elected seven-member board. The board is responsible for establishing a vision, adopting budgets, voting on tax levies, setting calendars, approving curriculum, establishing student behavior policies, communicating school activities to the community, and directing the Superintendent, who oversees the two schools in the District. Dr. Erika Millhouse-Pettis is the superintendent of Sunnybrook District 171.

This year four candidates are running to fill three open positions. Only one candidate responded to The Lansing Journal’s request for information.

Sunnybrook District 171 Board elections – three four-year terms

Tammara Hill

Residence: Lynwood

Education: Bachelor of Science

Occupation: Volunteer Advocate

Resumé highlights:

  • Retired high school science teacher
  • Volunteer advocate for incapacitated adults
  • Cancer society survivor and volunteer

Goals and promises:

  1. To bring transparency to budget and set goals for improving education of Sunnybrook students.
  2. To support the teachers and unification of community for Sunnybrook improvement.
  3. To help make decisions that will move the district forward, improving math and science.

Desiree Ambrose

No information provided.

Derrick Burks

No information provided.

Timothy Terrell

No information provided.

More information about Sunnybrook District 171 is available at


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Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.