DeKalb County’s Solicitor-General Office Announces “DeKalb Stars”

DECATUR, Ga. – DeKalb County Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling unveiled today the notable members of the DeKalb County community participating in the upcoming Dancing with the DeKalb Stars, a domestic violence fundraiser and resource expo.

The dance competition features 10 teams, comprised of a dance professional and a notable member of DeKalb County’s legal, public safety, business and civic community. Performers include: Attorney Meredith Lilly, Director of External Affairs for the Office of the DeKalb County CEO, paired with Kevin Tyson; Chief Billy Grogan, Chief of Police, City of Dunwoody, paired with Bridget Roosa; Commissioner Kathie Gannon, DeKalb County Super District 6 Representative, paired with Akeem Edwards; Former Sheriff Thomas Brown, DeKalb County Sheriff 2001-2014, paired with Shalay Johnson; Chief Melody Maddox, Chief of Georgia Piedmont Technical College Police, paired with Leland Thorpe; Judge Asha Jackson, DeKalb County Superior Court, paired with D. Norris; Captain Eric Jackson, Captain and Spokesperson with DeKalb County Fire & Rescue, paired with Leslie Davis; Attorney Elizabeth Finn Johnson, Of Counsel for the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Board Member of the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, paired with Vincent Anthony; Attorney Parag Shah, Trial Attorney with the Shah Firm and Pro Hac Judge for Atlanta Municipal Court, paired with Cicely Kelly; Principal Bianca Hamilton, Principal of the DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts, paired with Patrick Smith.

DeKalb County’s CEO, Michael L. Thurmond, will also perform a special number in honor of the two non-profits – The Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence and The International Women’s House – benefiting from the event.

In addition to seeing the “DeKalb Stars,” perform, students from DeKalb County’s School of the Arts will pay tribute to the victims and survivors of domestic violence through a special performance.

Hosts of the competition are the dynamic mother-daughter duo, Monica and Veronica Maldonando. The pair are well-known in DeKalb County for their family business, Interprint Communications.

Judges of the dance competition are Emmy nominated producer, director and choreographer, Stepp Stewart; founder of the Self-Care Agency, Anana Harris-Parris; and President and CEO of the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce, Katerina “Kat” Taylor. Judges will decide the ultimate dance competition champion.

Dancing with the DeKalb Stars takes place on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center. The Resource Expo portion of the event will begin at 5 p.m. and the dance competition will begin at 6 p.m. A local barbeque favorite, Mable’s Barbeque Smoked Meat, will provide light refreshments during the Resource Expo and intermission.

Tickets are available online at for $20. Those interested in making a larger contribution can become a sponsor. Sponsorship packages start at $500.

“These two organizations work daily to assist those lost in the cycle of abuse and our office wants to assist these non-profits in their fundraising efforts,” said Solicitor-General Coleman-Stribling. “With the help of our, ‘DeKalb Stars,’ we hope to accomplish this goal and bring awareness to an issue that effects our community. We appreciate our ‘DeKalb Stars,’ for donating their time and helping us reach our goal. We hope to see all of DeKalb at the event in October.”

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About The Office of the DeKalb County Solicitor-General

The Office of the DeKalb County Solicitor-General, led by Donna Coleman-Stribling, prosecutes criminal misdemeanor offenses filed in the State Court of DeKalb County. These crimes generally include domestic violence, elder abuse, cruelty to children, vehicular homicide, drunk driving, stalking and harassment, trespassing, and animal cruelty. The Solicitor-General’s Office handles more than 13,000 cases annually and consists of a staff of attorneys, investigators, victim-witness advocates, community prosecutor, legal secretaries, and a communications director. The Office prides itself on the professional and impartial prosecution of crimes while working closely with police and members of the community to develop strategies to prevent crimes before they occur. Stay informed by following us on Facebook and Twitter.