Taryn Heath is a 1975 graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas and mother of 2010 graduate, Tristan Heath. She is married to Joe Cholley and they are members of Christ the Servant Parish where she is a lector.
Taryn Heath has served as a Common Pleas Judge in Stark County since 2007.
Judge Heath received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Miami University in 1979 and her Juris Doctor in 1982 from the University of Akron School of Law, where she was a member of Law Review and President of the Student Bar Association. A private practitioner for twenty-five years, she has also served as a prosecutor for the City of Alliance, an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio, and as a Magistrate for the Canton Municipal Court for thirteen years. Judge Heath argued on behalf of the state of Ohio in the first televised live oral argument in the Ohio Supreme Court and has participated in several successful Ohio Supreme Court appeals.
Judge Heath has served on boards of the Stark County District Library, the Association for Better Community Development, Inc., the University of Akron School of Law Alumni Association and the St. Thomas Aquinas Board of Directors. For the past two years Judge Heath has hosted Law, Love and Chocolate, which is an event co-sponsored by The Stark County Bar Association and the University of Akron Law School Alumni Association. The proceeds benefited two local charities: Domestic Violence Project, Inc. and Friends of the Children’s Network of Stark County, Inc.
Judge Heath is past president of the Stark County Association for Justice. She is a member of and affiliated with the following professional organizations: Ohio Common Pleas Judges’ Association, Ohio Judicial Conference, American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and the Stark County Bar Association. She served as Chairman of the Judicial Advisory Board to Stark Regional Community Correction Center for two years.
Judge Heath chairs the H.O.P.E. Program, which is a collaborative effort of community partners designed to assist offenders with mental illness. The H.O.P.E. Program focuses on recovery efforts and successful completion of probation. Judge Heath also presides over Honor Court, a Veterans Treatment Court, which was established in 2011. She currently chairs the Mandate Task Force for the Stark County Commissioners and is leading efforts to revise the website of the Court and implement e-filing for the various divisions of the Common Pleas Court and the Stark County Clerk of Courts. Judge Heath was instrumental in the establishment of the Foreclosure Mediation Program for the Court and has been an advocate of educating the public and homeowners regarding the foreclosure process. Her efforts at progressive programming in the Court make the justice system in Stark County more efficient and more responsive to the needs of our community and its citizens.