Dr. James Kirchner is a Co-founder and President of Global Assist.
In the years since becoming a Christian during his medical training, Dr. Kirchner has embraced Christ's words from Mark 16:14, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation." His desire is to heed this calling with action and faithfulness in anticipation for the day the Lord returns.
In addition to his passion for serving the body of Christ globally, Dr. Kirchner was President and CEO of SynergEyes, Inc., a global manufacturer and distributor of high technology contact lenses. Formerly as the founder of EyeCare Specialties—a multi-doctor optometric practice in Lincoln and Beatrice, Nebraska—he practiced Optometry for over three decades. As a founding partner and Chief Strategic Officer of EyeCare Specialties, Dr. Kirchner provided primary care optometry with an emphasis in contact lenses and the treatment of eye diseases. He is an optometric lecturer, consultant and published author with over 12 articles printed in national trade journals. Dr. Kirchner has served on the Nebraska Board of Optometry and the American Optometric Association. He has chaired various boards and committees at both state and national levels. In 1996, he was honored as Optometrist of the Year by the Nebraska Optometric Association and in 2008 he received the Nebraska Optometric Association's Distinguished Service Award for a lifetime of work and achievement on behalf of the profession.
A visionary and entrepreneur, Dr. Kirchner has taken an active role in business ventures both in and out of the realm of optometry. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of numerous start-up companies beyond his optometric practice.
Dr. Kirchner is dedicated to the local community and has served the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, in many arenas. Within the Lincoln arts community, Dr. Kirchner has enjoyed serving on the boards of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and the Lincoln Municipal Band. He served on the board of the Lincoln Crisis Pregnancy Center from 2000-2006 before co-founding Global Assist.
Dr. Kirchner and his wife Dee are active in their church where he has led one of his church's small groups. In his free time he enjoys golf and traveling, as well as spending time with his two grown children, their spouses and his four wonderful grandchildren.