The Honorable Taryn L. Heath, St. Thomas Aquinas Class of 1975 alum, believes that the educational excellence, faith development and family involvement found at Aquinas are what make STA the superior educational choice. Judge Heath (Stambaugh) shares that St. Thomas Aquinas had a significant impact on her life and career. Heath believes that Catholic schools provide a unique experience of excellent education and spiritual development, giving students a moral compass that is crucial to all aspects of life.Some of Heath’s favorite memories at STA include cheering at football and basketball games. In particular, rivalry games against Central Catholic and trips to state play-offs were some of her all-time favorites.
Heath believes that STA’s greatest asset is the parent-school partnership. Heath’s positive experience at St. Thomas Aquinas led her to send her son to the school with the peace of mind knowing he was in a healthy environment with friends and parents she trusts.
Heath wrote that STA prepared her for future success by focusing heavily on academics. This helped alleviate the pressure that comes with the transition from high school to college. She commends St. Thomas Aquinas for the discipline they instilled in her.
Judge Heath has served on the Stark County Court of Common Pleas since 2007. Heath chairs the Stark County HOPE Foundation, a collaboration of community partners assisting offenders with mental illness and is the presiding judge of the Honor Court Program (Veterans Treatment Court) since 2011. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School of Law and Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Miami University after graduating from St. Thomas Aquinas.
Judge Heath has made the justice system in Stark County more efficient and responsive to needs in the community. She also has championed efforts in getting young people interested in the judicial system. Recently, she was named the Crisis Intervention Team Advocate of the Year!