August 21, 2009 by Staff
Johnson is the risk manager for the Dallas Independent School District, the 12th largest school district in the U.S. She created its Risk Management Department over 19 years ago and now oversees the district’s $7.4 million self-insured workers’ compensation program, a $4 million property/casualty insurance program, and an extensive safety program.
In addition to her many years in the public sector, Johnson was the risk manager of EDS (Electronic Data Systems) and Baylor Medical Center.
She is certified as a trainer-of-trainers in Multi-Hazard Planning for Schools by the Emergency Management Institute, FEMA/Homeland Security, and has been active in professional risk management organizations, Risk Insurance Management Society (RIMS) and Public Risk Insurance Management Association (PRIMA).
Johnson has been an instructor of risk management for over 15 years. She has received various accolades, including the Texas Public Risk Manager of the Year Award, the Ron Judd Heart of RIMS Award, the Public Risk Author of the Year, and has been profiled in numerous publications.
An adventurer at heart, Cheryl has bicycled in Italy, Thailand and Morocco and is planning a cycling trek crossing the Andes.
Johnson received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University (SMU), and has been awarded the professional designations of Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Certified School Risk Manager (CSRM).