Dr. Shirley Ann Johnson is a native of Tennessee where her parents were sharecroppers in a small farming town in Collierville, Tennessee. Later in her childhood, she and her family moved to Memphis where she graduated from Westwood High School and joined the United States Marine Corps. After 22 years of service, Dr. Johnson retired from the Corps.
After serving in uniform for 20+ years, Dr. Johnson spent another 20+ years in education; serving not only children but serving the service members who sought higher education. She served as an adjunct professor in the Social Psychology Department at Park University, in Parksville, Missouri, and [concurrently] she worked in the Perris Union High School District as a social and academic counselor for thousands of students.
Dr. Johnson has a servant heart. She has served in numerous churches and communities throughout the United States and internationally. She has received many community awards and recognition from senators, congressmen and mayors. In 1997, Dr. Johnson was named “Woman of The Year” by the North San Diego Chapter of the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In 2001, she created the first after school tutoring program for Perris Union High School District, and she is the founder of the African American Parent Advisory Council – a group organized to educate and empower African American parents in academia.
From 2014-2016, Dr. Johnson served as the Branch President mentoring, educating, and helping people of color in the areas of their lives that impact their family’s and community. In 2016, Dr. Johnson served as the Chair of the Dora Nelson African American Museum in Perris, California receiving community awards for outstanding leadership in the community. Currently, during the Coronovirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Dr. Johnson is serving as the Chairperson for the Health Committee with Charity Productions.
Dr. Johnson honorably served in the Corps for 20+ years; providing support and service to fellow service men and women at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; Okinawa, Japan, and several military bases throughout Southern California. While on active duty she obtained her master’s degree from the University of Maryland and her Pupil Personnel Service (PPS) credential while attending the University of Redlands. After Dr. Johnson fulfilled her commitment to the Corps, she earned her PhD in Organizational Development Psychology from the United States International University (USIU) and earned her doctorate in Biblical Studies/Counseling from Next Dimension Bible College.
Dr. Johnson is a licensed Evangelist in the Church of God in Christ and she is currently a member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, where she serves as Sunday School Teacher for the Junior Class.
Dr. Johnson has two children, Sheneka and Darryl, and she is the proud grandmother of three, 2 boys and one girl.