Date & Time: March 17, 2023 8:15am – 2:30pm
Location: Ruth S. Harley University Center

Students in Transition: Creating Safe Spaces and Becoming an Ally for Our LGBTQIA+ Youth.

This year’s annual CAP Conference will focus on supporting all students and becoming an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community we serve. You will leave with knowledge and skills ready to apply within your schools. 

As is our NCA/CAP tradition, raffles and giveaways will be awarded at the closing of the conference.

Conference Schedule

Time Activity
8:15 am-8:45 am Registration and Breakfast
8:45 am-9:05 am Welcome Remarks and NCA General Membership Meeting
9:05 am-11:15 am Keynote Presentation featuring Juli Grey-Owens, MBA
11:15 am-12:15 pm Lunch and Networking Information Fair
12:15 pm-1:45 pm Workshop Session featuring Helena Roderick, Ph.D.
1:45 pm-2:30 pm Closing Remarks, Raffle and Certificate of Attendance

Pride community at a parade with hands raised and the LGBT flag.

Guest speakers

Juli Grey-Owens, MBA

Juli Grey Owens

Juli Grey-Owens, a New York State transgender activist, is the founder and Executive Director of Gender Equality New York Inc (GENY), a non-profit corporation whose mission is to advocate for transgender, non-binary, and intersex New Yorkers. She was a Lead Organizer and driving force behind the campaign to pass the New York State transgender civil rights bill known as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which was successfully passed and signed into law by Governor Cuomo in 2019. Grey-Owens gave the key address at the 2012 New York State LGBT Equality and Justice Day held in Albany and spoke at the 2015 Manhattan Marriage Equality Rally when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same sex marriage. In 2017 she was recognized by City & State New York magazine as one of the “10 People Making a Difference for LGBT New Yorkers” and in 2019 she was again recognized by City & State magazine in their Pride Power 100 list which recognizes the most influential figures in the LGBTQ community in New York. Grey-Owens served six years on the Board of Directors of the Empire State Pride Agenda, the New York State LGBT advocacy organization. In 2016, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone appointed her to the Nassau-Suffolk HIV Health Services Planning Council, where she served for two three-year terms. In April 2022, she was appointed to the Suffolk County Executive’s LGBTQ Advisory Board. She currently trains recruits at both the Nassau and Suffolk Police Academies. She has an adult daughter, Sarah, and lives in Huntington with her wife Barbara and their three cats Fraidy, Bugsy and Baby. When not leading a demonstration or speaking out for her community, she is an avid fan of the Mets, Islanders and Giants. 

Helena Roderick, Ph.D.

Helena Roderick, Ph.D. is a Supervising Psychologist at Northwell, where she has worked for the Pediatrics Department for 19 years. Dr. Roderick currently leads the mental health team at Northwell Health’s Center for Transgender Care, where she works with gender diverse individuals of all ages in therapy and in evaluating their readiness for medical interventions. She also provides psychological services at Northwell’s Division of Medical Genetics and Center for Young Adult, Adolescent, and Pediatric HIV. Dr. Roderick is an Assistant Professor at Hofstra’s School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. Dr. Roderick worked for 15 years in Northwell’s school-based health center program in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, where she supervised the mental health team. She graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University, received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University at Albany, and completed a 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Westchester Division. Dr. Roderick’s interest in providing compassionate health care to individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+ stems from many years of working with young people who were at risk of being marginalized by society, and helping these youth find their voice and otherwise enhance their resiliency.

CAP Co-Chairs

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Jade Frevola
Associate Director of Admissions
Adelphi University

Jill Eddings, MSED, LCAT, ATR-BC
Post Secondary Counselor/Testing Coordinator
Fusion Academy Long Island

Seeta Ramprasad
Associate Professor
Nassau Community College

For additional information or questions regarding the CAP Conference, please email

Graciously sponsored by the Nassau Counselors’ Association.

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