Cheerful Advocate

Atlanta-based Senior Assistant District Attorney Irina Khasin, 29, has been chasing her passions since she was a little girl. Emigrating from Kiev, Ukraine at the age of five, Khasin is a performer at heart and lives out her passions and multi-faceted talents everyday. With a serious legal career, Khasin still finds time for her first love, dance. Khasin spent a year cheering for the Atlanta Falcons and currently lives in Atlanta working at the Fulton County District Attorney office.

Be true to yourself.

"It’s important to find an employer who respects who you are as a person and nurtures all of your talents. My boss Mr. Paul Howard was supportive of the year I spent with the Falcons and encourages his employees to continue to do the things that make us happy. It makes us better professionals and better public servants. My passions wouldn’t come across on paper, I love to develop relationships with the people I serve, and it is the same with dance and the community. The people are what keep me going."

 Keep on dancing and help your community.

"I found that opportunity as a Falcons cheerleader during the 2012-2013 season, the year they were just shy of a super bowl win and arguably the best year I could have picked to cheer. The Falcons is an incredible franchise. The 'wow women' they select are invested in their careers and community. I was able to do both philanthropic work and meet dozens of women in the community while nurturing my first passion. It was the most fun I have had in years from shooting a calendar in Jamaica to dancing in front of 70,000 people." 

Story by Corrie Dyke

Photograph by Danny Griffin

Photographs courtesy of Irina Khasin