Heather E. Burton, PhD, is a native of Cleveland Ohio and graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and African-American Studies with a minor in Theater, a Masters of Public Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Studies and Public Affairs both from Cleveland State University.
She is employed with the University of Akron as Director of Graduate Student Development and faculty in the Pan African Studies Department. Her work with non-profit organizations, suburban school districts, and Cleveland and Akron Public Schools has allowed her to spend time working with and enhancing the lives of others through philanthropy, spiritual dialogue, motivational speaking and interactive workshops.
Dr. Burton has been a guest speaker for BET Foundation Girls Empowerment Summit, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., The University of Akron, Northeast Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, Eastern Stars, National Baptist Congress, National Missionary Baptist Convention of America, Northern Ohio Baptist District Association, Cleveland Sub-District, Women’s Baptist Alliance World Day of Prayer, Wesley Temple AME Health and Wellness workshop, Morning Star First Baptist Church, Hickory, North Carolina, Warren G. Harding High School, Akron Public Schools, Detroit Charter Schools, Cleveland Public Schools and many others. Dr. Burton has been featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Call and Post, Kaleidoscope, and honored as a Torchbearer for the R.H. Boyd Union Review.
Dr. Burton is the author of Crimson Heights, a fiction novel that addresses women in hopes of impacting decision making around intimacy and sexual relationships. She has been featured as a guest columnist with The Call and Post and the R.H. Boyd Union Review.
Dr. Burton serves as the Praise Dance Advisor, Oratorical coach, and instructor of a public speaking class for East Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. A. Charles Bowie, Pastor. She is the advisor for the Historic Greater Friendship Community Drill Team ages 6 -18, under Rev. Larry W. Howard. Dr. Burton was initiated as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, at The Ohio State University, Epsilon Chapter. Currently she is a member of the Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter. Dr. Burton is the founder of Crimson Heights Ministries, Inc. a 501(c)3 geared towards the holistic well-being of women.
Dr. Burton has been involved in acting for over thirty years. Her stage credits include “The Vagina Monologues”, “A Lesson Before Dying”, “The Blacker the Berry”, “The Sorrows of Stephen”, and a host of other plays. Her directorial debut came with her self-written play “The Master” at the age of16. She has also directed, “My Black Woman" and "Watch Ye”. Dr. Burton’s film and television credits include “Burger King”, “Miracle Dogs”, “Best Buy”, “Value City”, “Cash Stop”, “Northfield Park” and others. She has been a plus-size model for “Danskin”, “Roses”, “Hambricks”, “Value City/Shotensteins”, “Weiss Furs” and others.
Dr. Burton credits her accomplishments to her personal relationship with Jesus Christ and her family. Her favorite scripture is, “Be not afraid neither be thou dismayed for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9
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