Sherri and Paul Johnson are life-long residents of Lincoln, graduating from Southeast High and East High respectively. They have seen how Lincoln has evolved over time and are committed to preserving what is best in Lincoln and its neighborhoods. Sherri earned an Associate of Business Degree from Southeast Community College and is owner of SJ Bookkeeping Services, Inc., which serves a growing list of businesses and independent business owners. Paul earned a BS Business degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and an MBA from the University of Nebraska. He is a computer analyst and accounting professional at the Lincoln CPA firm, Watts and Hershberger, PC.
Sherri and Paul have given back to Lincoln by volunteering with numerous organizations including Junior Achievement, Lincoln's Holiday Parade, Keep Lincoln Lancaster County Beautiful Advisory Committee, Solid Waste Plan 2040 Advisory Committee, and Lincoln/Lower Platte South NRD Clean Water Task Force. Colleagues and friends comment that Sherri and Paul's input is sought because they are "the salt of the earth and always give honest feedback." Their interest in learning about other cultures have involved them with several international visitor programs such as the Mayor's Committee for International Visitors, in which they have hosted international dignitaries visiting the city, and several international hosting programs associated with UNL and NWU. They are active in
preserving the quality of their neighborhood. They volunteer in their neighborhood association and in 2012 completed a multi-year renovation of a run-down East Campus neighborhood house and created The Johnson Guest House for extended stay visitors.
At their passing, Sherri and Paul plan to gift a portion of their trust to the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools. They hope their gift will provide LPS students greater equity especially in areas such as arts, sports, and advanced certifications, so more children can overcome financial need to maximize their talents.