Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling unveils participants in second annual Dancing with the DeKalb Stars

DECATUR, Ga. – DeKalb County Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling unveiled this year’s “DeKalb Stars,” participating in the second annual Dancing with the DeKalb Stars, a domestic violence fundraiser and resource expo.

The dance competition features 9 teams, comprised of a dance professional and a notable member of DeKalb County’s legal, public safety, business and civic community. Performers include:

Dr. Connie Stevenson, Director of School Choice for the DeKalb County School District

Paired with Shervoski Moreland

David Manuel, Executive Director of Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center

Paired with Shalay Johnson

Major Donald Chase, City of Brookhaven Police

Paired with Evin Lang

Councilwoman Jazzmin Cobble, District 3 Stonecrest City Councilwoman

Paired with Fabian Phillips

Deborah Jackson, Mayor, City of Lithonia

Paired with Jarrith “JP” Patterson

Dr. Thomas Glanton, Principal of Southwest DeKalb High School

Paired with Sabrina Randolph

Judge Fatima El-Amin, DeKalb County Juvenile Court

Paired with Calan Bryant

Chief Deputy Reginald Scandrett, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office

Paired with Jazmin Freeman

Keri Ware, Attorney for Wilson, Morton & Downs, LLC

Paired with D. Norris

Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson

Special Guest Performer

Congressman Hank Johnson will 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 competing for the championship title, the “DeKalb Stars,” will fundraise to support the two non-profits. The first team to raise the most money by Friday, Oct. 19, will be the Dancing with the DeKalb Stars’ People’s Choice. You can support your favorite, “DeKalb Star,” by donating through their Click & Pledge page.

Returning hosts of the event are the dynamic mother-daughter duo, Monica Maldonando and Veronica Maldonando-Torres. Monica is well-known in DeKalb County as the president and CEO of Interprint Communications; a marketing communications firm headquartered in Decatur. Veronica leads the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection (MPC) as Program Director.

Judges of the dance competition are Emmy nominated producer, director and choreographer, Stepp Stewart; Principal and Artistic Director of DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts, Bianca Hamilton; Artistic Director for the Academy of the Arts, Susan McGhee Crawford; and Dancing with the DeKalb Stars 2017 champion and owner and attorney at Shah Law Firm, Parag Shah. Judges will decide the ultimate dance competition champion.

Dancing with the DeKalb Stars takes place on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center. Doors open to the Resource Expo at 5 p.m., with the dance portion beginning at 6 p.m. A local barbeque favorite, Mable’s Barbeque and Smoked Meats, will provide light refreshments during the Resource Expo and intermission.

Tickets are available online at for $25. Those interested in making a larger contribution can become a sponsor or purchase an ad in the event program. Sponsorship packages start at $500. Program ads start at $150.

“We saw an overwhelming amount of support from our community last year and we’re excited to be able to offer DeKalb another opportunity to support two organizations tirelessly working to end the cycle of abuse,” said Solicitor-General Coleman-Stribling. “We’re hoping with our additional fundraising efforts we’ll exceed last year’s goal and have a great time while learning how domestic abuse effects our community.”

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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.



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