Epiphany Ramirez, co-Founder of Eye Partners Inspire (EPI), is currently a senior at Walt Whitman High School. Epiphany, commonly known as Epi, was diagnosed with ocular albinism at the age of three. This forced her parents to purchase numerous pair of glasses throughout her childhood. Inspired by her own life experience and the significant value of eyeglasses, Epi co-founded this organization which aims to offset the financial burden of buying a new pair of glasses.
In high school, Epi played and refereed soccer, volunteered at the Huntington Hospital and interned at NYS Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci office. She is tri-lingual (French, Spanish, and English) and studied Italian. She managed to establish a Debate Team in her high school and was the president. She was also an international competitor representing her DECA high school chapter. Moreover, Epi served as the Editor-in-Chief for her school's newspaper.
She attends George Washington University and studies Political Science and Government She aspires to become a lawyer.
Gabrielle Ramirez co-founded the local nonprofit Eye Partners Inspire during her junior year of high school. While in high school Gaby played club soccer, refereed soccer games, interned at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center, and volunteered at the Huntington Hospital. Gaby was named as Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 2014 Young Woman Leader. She was also honored with the Huntington Hispanic Student Achievement Award. Thanks to a grant she received from United Way of Long Island, Gaby was able to launch Eye Partners Inspire (E.P.I.). Gaby is now a member of the class of 2020 at the University of Pennsylvania where she studies Biology, serves as Chief of her university's Medical Emergency Response Team, and is a Residential Adviser in her college house. She participates in heart failure research and was an executive editor for her university's undergraduate medical journal. She aspires to become a physician.