Meet our Dancing Like the Stars Committe Members, Judges and Emcees
Sonia Caldwell Event Co-Chair Sonia Caldwell was a celebrity dancer in the 2011 Dancing Like the Stars event and returned for the Celebrity Reunion Dance exhibition in 2013. Sonia has been a committee member for the event since 2013 and Chair for the VIP After Party. Sonia is a Kindergarten Reading Specialist at Anderson Elementary for Anderson Community Schools. She was the former Vice President for Anderson Young Ballet Theatre, Inc. and enjoys dancing to this day. Sonia loves community engagement, volunteering and the Arts. She is the Program Director for A-Town Center, Inc. in Downtown Anderson. This is her 3rd year Co-Chairing this wonderful annual event.
JB Shelton Event Co-Chair Jb Shelton is a co-owner and master designer at The Detour salon and style; she is involved in many different charitable organizations in Madison County but the Paramount being one of her most passionate. She was a celebrity dancer the second year of dancing like the stars when it was still in the ballroom. JB is a board member for the Historic Paramount Theatre. This is JB's 3rd year Co-Chairing the event!
Kay F. Anderson Dance Instructor Consultant For as long as she can remember, dancing has been apart of Kay’s life. She started when she was four years old dancing with Miss Ann Harmeson and continued as her assistant during her high school years. With the reopening of the historic Paramount Theatre in 1995, she initiated the ballroom dance instruction and coordinated the dance program. She has assisted with the dance instruction for 20 years and has been involved with various fundraising events including the Dancing Like the Stars, of which she founded. Her career also included teaching in the public schools for 34 years. She is currently involved with the 10th annual Dancing Like the Stars fundraising event for the Paramount Theatre Center and Ballroom. She is employed as a floral designer at Ousley’s Harvest Gardens in Alexandria. She is married to Steve Anderson, a retired teacher, and they have two adult children, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Kay encourages everyone to CHOOSE TO DANCE.
Debbie Andis Deborah Hilderbrand Andis earned her BS and Master Degrees in Choral General Music Education with a minor in Music Therapy and a focus in voice and double bass from Ball State University and was a 4 year member of the “Ball State University Singers”, SAI Professional Music and AOPi Philanthropic Sororities. During her years of teaching, Debbie was the Director of Choral Activities at Highland High School for 14 years where choirs under her direction received top awards at ISSMA, and show choirs consistently placed in the top six groups, earned caption awards, and named grand champions at competitions throughout Indiana and the U.S. She has also served as Choral Director at ACS Middle Schools, and as an Elementary Music Specialist. Debbie served as a contract faculty member of the Ball State University School of Music serving as the Assistant Director of the “Ball State University Singers”. Debbie enjoys holding workshops with choirs during their show preparation, judging show choir competitions throughout the Midwest, served as music director for Highland Middle School’s Musicals, as well as choreographing for other area schools. She has served as a clinician for the ISU Summer Show Choir Camp, directed the Illinois State Vocal Jazz Ensemble, assisted in forming a new show choir in Bridgeport, WV, judged the WVMEA State Show Choir Finals, and has been featured as guest soloist for the Madison County Director’s Band at the ISSMA State Convention. Her three granddaughters, Hadleigh, Presley, and Amelia are her sparkling pride and joy!
Tracy Brandon Tracy Brandon is the retail manager at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. She is the former co-owner of Interior Motives. She volunteers for CASA and also serves as the Co-Chair for the Paramount's Festival of Trees.
Terri Edwards Innis Terri Edwards Innis is manager , hair and nail artist at Envy salon . Her love of the arts prompted her to be a dancer in dancing like the stars in 2015. As a life long resident of Anderson she excited to help preserve one of her childhood memories , the Paramount . Her dream is to see this historical building become memories of many generations to come. Her husband, John Innis, and children, Jessica and Dayton, share in her passion of the paramount and arts.
Mary Jackson As a retired teacher of Anderson Community Schools, Mary Jackson has been on the "Dancing Like the Stars" committee since its onset. Since the beginning, she has been in charge of voting. A graduate of Indiana University, she has taught Russian, French, and special education. She loves to travel and especially enjoyed traveling four years ago to Minsk, Belarus, where she substitute taught in a kindergarten class, for two and a half months. Mary's granddaughter, who majored in dance at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, gave her a special appreciation of dancing. Mary and her husband Bob enjoy spending time with their three children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Karen McLaughlin Karen McLaughlin is married to Carey McLaughlin. They have lived in Anderson for 37 years and have two sons Brion (Elizabeth), grandson (Noah) and Chad who reside in Orlando Florida. She is the owner of KC Sales. She and her husband have both participated as celebrities in DLTS. "I stepped out of my comfort zone to participate in this event, I LOVE this annual event that has raised many dollars to help the restoration of this historical Paramount Theatre. I am honored to be part of the DLTS committee as we continue to help make this event bigger and better every year to give back to our community."
Taffanie McGhee Taffanie McGhee 46, is an Anderson native, hair and eye fashion artist. This is her first year with Dancing like the Stars. "I wanted to give back and join the Committee this year and help with this wonderful event." Taffanie has been in employed with the State of Indiana Department of Child Services for six years and is a fitness instructor at Anderson YMCA. One of her passions is serving my community, she has coordinated several fund raisers and church community events.
Denise Miller Denise Miller 51, has lived in Anderson all her life ,she was an 2017 participant of DLTS I wanted to give back and join the Committee this year and help with this wonderful event. I’m co-owner with husband Tim of Miller’s Cabinetry Design and work at Gray’s Design Studio in Anderson and fitness instructor at Anderson YMCA.
Brooker Parker Brooke Parker 26, is an Anderson Native. This is her first year with Dancing like the Stars although she is no stranger to the Paramount Theater. Preforming on the stage with her high school show choir and a current committee member of The Festival of Trees Gala, Parker's love of history and theater fuel her commitment to the historical Paramount Theater.
Rebekah Snyder Logan Emcee Rebekah Snyder Logan, or Bekah as we know her, is a loyal Hoosier and longtime Andersonian. The youngest of the four Snyder children, she attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and Anderson High School. Bekah began her dancing “career” at the young age of 3, dancing on the stage of the Paramount with the Ann Harmeson School of Dance. After graduation, Bekah expanded her horizons at Indiana University, gaining a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry, while continuing to dance and perform recreationally. Upon graduation, she immediately began working in the pharmaceutical industry, joining Eli Lilly and Company in 1997. Bekah also engaged in our community again, enrolling her daughter Lauren to follow in her footsteps and be taught by our very own Ann Harmeson Hardacre, volunteering to assist in dance lessons and serving as a mentor with the Youth Leadership Academy of Madison County. During her career at Lilly, Bekah has worked in bioanalytical development, led the start-up efforts for a biotech manufacturing facility, developed a new Regulatory team based in England, and is currently the Director of Global Regulatory Affairs. Moving back to Anderson after her two year stent abroad in 2010, Bekah stepped right back into her philanthropic passions, volunteering regularly for St. Ambrose School, YLA, the Paramount, and participating in the 2011 DLTS. Bekah and her DLTS partner Michael Fatyanov won both mirror ball trophies that year, taking home the People’s and Judges’ Choice mirror balls. Bekah currently serves on two boards, as the Secretary of the School Governing Board for Guerin Catholic and the President of the Board of Directors for Anderson Young Ballet Director. She recently received the Boy Scouts of America Great Expectations Award and the Leadership Academy of Madison County Servant Leadership Award, for her commitment to the community. Bekah has two wonderful children, Lauren and Wil, and is surrounded by many special family and friends, including Joseph Rodney, her parents Tom and Bobbette Snyder, and her grandmother, Helen Clary.
Celebrity Judge Ericka Flye Ericka Flye is the Evening News Anchor at RTV-6, Indianapolis. A veteran in the television broadcasting industry, she is an important fixture in the Central Indiana community. Ericka is an Emmy-nominated Anchor, Reporter and Host. She is a graduate of Ball State University and also attended Purdue University. After residing in Chicago, Los Angeles and Columbus, Ohio, Ericka returned to her home state of Indiana - eager to lay down roots, give back, and make a difference in the community where she was born and raised. Ericka is a native of Anderson, Indiana, and calls it a blessing to be able to work in her home state, and close to her family. Ericka's career in television news began behind the scenes, where she performed several production duties and worked her way up to be on-air... as a Reporter, and then a News Anchor. Ericka also enjoys writing about food in her food blog, and telling stories about unique and interesting people, places, and things in her lifestyle reports. She is actively involved in several community associations and boards and especially enjoys working with youth. Ericka founded a non-profit youth empowerment organization, where she mentors young girls. She says she is proud to be a role model and inspiration, to help young people reach their highest potential.
Judge Roger Greenawalt Rog Greenawalt and his wife Amy are the current National Rhythm Champions (senior division). He and Amy have won 13 National Championships in Rhythm, Smooth and 9-Dance. They have trained with both professional national champions and world champions and have competed across the country and performed across the Midwest. Rog has served on the national board of directors of USA Dance for 13 years and is currently the national director of competition and head of the rules committee. He is a founder and co-organizer of the Big Ballroom Bash, a 501c3 that teaches Special Olympics Athletes to dance, as well as a founder of two dance clubs in Indianapolis. In his day job Rog is an actuary/data analyst for the Apex Benefits Group, helping employers better manage their healthcare costs. Rog has been honored to be a part of DWTS from its inception and congratulates all involved on reaching this 10-year milestone!
Judge Melissa Jenkins Melissa is honored to be a 3 time judge for this very special Dancing Like the Stars event. A dancer since the age of two, her passion for ballet and Modern dance took her to The Juilliard School where she had the honor of studying under some of the finest teachers in the world. She had her first introduction to Ballroom dance there and fell in love. Shortly after her arrival in Indianapolis her professional Ballroom career began. She started as an instructor and found a partner for the dance floor and life (now her husband of almost 10 years!). She had the great pleasure of competing in both the Professional Rising Star and Open Divisions in American Style Smooth for nearly five years. Since retiring from competition and full-time teaching Melissa has been able to return to her dance roots by joining Motus Dance, a Modern dance company that creates “Beautifully Different Dance” in Indianapolis. Her greatest joy off the dance floor is her 3 year old daughter, who is following in her mom’s footsteps and just performed in her 1st Nutcracker. Melissa wishes all the best to tonight’s competitors. She knows it will be a great show!
Judge George Salinas George Salinas, originally from Dallas, Texas has dedicated decades studying and perfecting his craft as a professional artist, choreographer, dancer and educator. His professional career has spanned oth the national and international stage for over 18 years. Having instructed at numerous universities nationwide, he also sits on the Indiana Arts Commission grant review panel for the State Of Indiana's Modern Masters program and continues choreographing, teaching and lecturing around the country. He has performed solo masterworks and worked with renowned choreographers like: Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Bill T. Jones, Donald McKayle, Martha Graham and many more. Salinas is currently active duty with the Indiana National Guard, stationed in Madison County!