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Chief Executive Officer
Heather Bellino is Chief Executive Officer at Texas Advocacy Project, Inc. For over 14 years, she has been involved in efforts to help survivors of violence find safety and hope for themselves and their families. The Project’s mission is to prevent domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking throughout Texas through free legal services, access to the justice system, and education. Ms. Bellino oversees the agency's operations, funding and service delivery. Prior to joining The Project, Ms. Bellino had an extensive background in sales and marketing.
Heather participates on a number of committees, such as Texas Council on Family Violence’s Public Policy Committee which addresses the response to family violence in our state and provides guidance on measures that will be presented to the Texas Legislature. Ms. Bellino was also a member of the PROJECT SAFE Expert Panel born from Senate Bill 434 Task Force charged with addressing the relationship between domestic violence and child abuse and neglect.
Recently, Ms. Bellino Co-authored, “INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE- An Epidemic Family Physicians Can Address” in the Texas Academy of Family Physicians Journal, Vol. 69 No. 4 2018. Ms. Bellino has been a mentor for the University of Texas at Austin’s Executive Master in Public Leadership Program. The program is designed for successful professionals who want to expand their impact, broaden their career horizons and cultivate leadership capacity. In addition to mentoring, Ms. Bellino has also been a guest lecturer at a masters level Public Management class at the University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Ms. Bellino has been featured in Austin Monthly and has been nominated for Austin Business Journal's 2016 Profiles in Power Award.
Denise Margo Moy
Chief Operating Officer
Denise Margo Moy has devoted her entire legal career to making justice accessible to survivors of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Since her start at Texas Advocacy Project (The Project) in 2000, she has held multiple positions including Director of Legal Lines, Legal Director, Deputy Executive Director, and now Chief Operating Officer. In all capacities Ms. Moy has worked directly with survivors, shelters, rape crisis centers, law enforcement agencies, and courts across Texas to deliver effective legal services such as advice and counsel through our legal lines and video conference equipment, assistance with protective orders including MOEP's, assistance in pro se matters, and as a supervisor, has participated in impact litigation and, as justice demands, direct representation. Now as Chief Operating Officer, and our highest ranking attorney, she fulfills a vital role of grant compliance and oversight on all cases at time of closing and of all legal staff in order to ensure clients have received the highest level of care. Prior to law school, Ms. Moy worked in the Texas House of Representatives. Recently, Ms. Moy was invited by the Family Violence and Domestic Relations Program (FVDR) of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) to join a multi-year technical assistance project focus on improving civil protection order systems and processes to address the needs of survivors of domestic violence. Ms. Moy was also selected to serve as Council Member of the Poverty Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.
The Project employs 46 staff, 39 full-time and 7 part-time, the majority of whom are attorneys experienced in providing legal assistance to survivors of power-based abuse.