Robert D. Fragale

Judge Robert D. Fragale was born and raised in Butler, Pennsylvania, graduating from Butler High School in 1973. He received a Bachelor of Science from Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, in 1978, and his Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School in 1982. He began working in private practice in 1983 and from 1992 to 2004, held the position as Magistrate of the Marion County Common Pleas Court, Probate and Juvenile Division. From May of 2004 through December of 2004 he held the position as Marion County Common Pleas Court Judge - General Division. From December of 2004 through January of 2009, he held the position as Marion County Common Pleas Court Magistrate, Family Court. He was elected to his first term as Judge of the Marion County Family Court in November of 2008.

Larry N. Heiser

Judge Larry N. Heiser received his Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University and his Law Degree from Ohio Northern University.  He served as Acting Judge in the Marion Municipal Court, and as a Magistrate for the Marion Municipal Court. Judge Heiser is a member of the Marion County Bar Association, Marion County Bar Association Probate Committee, Marion County Law Library Committee, JDAI Assessment Team, and NCORC Advisory Board. He is also co-chair of the Marion County Bar Association Family Law Committee.

David T. Reed
Chief Magistrate

Magistrate David T. Reed received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The Ohio State University in 1990 and his Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School in 1994.  He worked at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, Marion Branch, representing low income families in a variety of civil matters until 2001 when he became bailiff for Judge Deborah A. Alspach.  Also a member of the Court’s Family Court Services Department, he mediated and conducted investigations in contested parenting time actions.  In 2003, he was appointed Magistrate for the Marion County Court of Common Pleas Family Division and then Chief Magistrate in 2016.  From 2007 until 2015, he additionally assumed the administrative responsibility for the Court as its Director.  He has received the designation of Certified Court Manager by the National Center for State Courts and the Supreme Court of Ohio.  He served on the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Case Management System workgroup. He is a member of the Ohio Association of Magistrates and Marion County Bar Association.  He served as the President of the Marion Bar Association in 2017.  

Rhonda Grogg Burggraf

Magistrate Burggraf was raised in Morrow County, Ohio and received a BS in Political Science from Wittenberg University in 1989 and a JD from the University of Dayton in 1992.  She worked as a District Hearing Officer for the Industrial Commission (worker’s compensation law) in 1993 and joined the Crawford County Prosecutor’s Office in 1994 prosecuting adult felony crimes.  In 1997 she moved with her husband, Matthew, to Marion County and worked in the Marion County Prosecutor’s office.  For the next 11 years she prosecuted adult felony crimes specializing in child sex offenses.  After a sabbatical she become a Guardian Ad Litem for multiple counties and opened a private law office.  In 2012 she joined the Marion County Family Court as a Family Services Coordinator.  As such she provided mediations, custody evaluations and co-facilitated the PEACE and SUCCESS programs.  Rhonda also aided the Court in their probate investigations.  In 2015 the Family Court appointed her as Magistrate.  In this capacity she handles juvenile delinquency, private custody, divorces, adult contributing, child support/criminal non-support and guardianship cases.  Rhonda and Matthew have two teenage boys who keep them engaged in sports, college life and travel. 

James Landon
Administrative Director

James Landon is the principle non-judicial officer of the Court and is responsible for all administrative duties, programming, policies, procedures, all non-judicial Court personnel, equipment, facilities, and other duties as assigned by the Judges.  Prior to joining Marion County’s Family Court, James spent about ten years working in various positions related to child abuse investigations and treatment, and almost eight years with The Supreme Court of Ohio’s Judicial College managing the education of Ohio judges and magistrates with juvenile, domestic relations, and probate jurisdictions, as well as programming for guardians ad litem and guardians of adults.  James has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and he is a Certified Court Manager (CCM).