Veronica Ruelas, O.D.
Veronica was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from Dominican College, magna cum laude, with a dual major in Biology and Psychology and then attended SUNY College of Optometry in Manhattan and completed her training at the top of her clinical class. After graduation, she worked as the Clinical Director for Vista Alliance and closely with the FDA on new innovative refractive surgery procedures, not yet approved in the United States. She has published and presented her findings to ophthalmologists around the world.
Over the last 4 years, Veronica shifted her focus of practice to helping the needy. During this time, she completed her yoga teacher training and advanced teacher training programs, as well as, advanced scriptural, philosophical, psychological, and meditation curriculums.
Needing to raise funds for her eye clinic missions, Third Eye Vision Camps, Veronica started a company called The AshramChic Group, which imports yoga and meditation accessories while also helping support local charities from diverse regions in India. She also worked with the county of Uttrakashi and neighboring Dehradun, India to help charter their first Rotary Club called Saumya Kashi. She has traveled numerous times to Peru, India and Brasil conducting free eye clinics and various volunteer missions.
She currently lives in Union Square, Manhattan and has her own practice in Battery Park City, called ThirdEyeChic Optometry.
“If you do what you love, you never have to work another day in your life” -Confucius
Jennifer Cramer, O.D.
Jennifer graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Cortland with a bachelors degree in Biology. Continuing her education, she obtained a Doctor of Optometry degree from SUNY College of Optometry. In addition, she completed a residency in Primary Care and Low Vision Rehabilitation at the Veterans Administration Connecticut. Currently residing in Syracuse, NY she is proudly serving veterans as an optometrist at the Syracuse VA Medical Center and also works within the community at New York Optometric.
A member of the CNY Yoga Center, yoga has had a transformational force in her life. Yoga helped her see that we are all connected, inspiring her to give back. “India shared its knowledge with me and I felt compelled to share my gifts with India.” In addition to her commitment to India, Jennifer also supports micro-finance and girls education. “I strongly believe in the ability to empower others through education and opportunity.”
“Give light and people will find the way.” -Ella Baker.
Emily Mathews is a global business and policy strategist with success in the public, private, and social sectors. She is a proven leader who combines deep functional and industry expertise with the passion necessary to influence any audience with a clear sense of purpose and urgency. In 2013, Emily founded 1787, a national political party that develops groundbreaking public policy and gives citizens a stronger voice in defining solutions to America’s challenges. 1787 responds to America’s political impasse with a resounding call for a radically transforming vision – one that looks outside the traditional corridors of power and encourages every American to take a more proactive approach. Emily is a summa cum laude graduate of St. Edwards University. She holds a master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is currently writing her second book, The Butterfly Effect.