Judge Heath obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Akron Law School (1982), a Bachelor of Arts in public administration from Miami University (1979), and attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School. In her 35 years of experience in the legal system she has served as a Canton Municipal Court magistrate (13 years), private practice attorney (25 years), assistant attorney general (six years) and prosecutor (two years).
Judge Heath chairs the Stark County HOPE program (a collaboration of community partners assisting offenders with mental illness), and presides over Honor Court (a treatment court dedicated to restoring honor and dignity to the lives of military veterans) at the Stark County Court of Common Pleas.
Judge Heath also serves as co-chair of the Ohio Attorney General’s Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness Subcommittee on Veteran Treatment Courts and Military Affairs and serves as the judicial representative for Stark County’s “Stepping Up Ohio” team to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails. She is a frequent lecturer on ethics, professionalism, and veteran issues for the Ohio Judicial College, Ohio Common Pleas Judges’ Association and Ohio State Bar Association conferences.