The Family and Community Medicine Strategic Leadership Council comprises the senior and programmatic leaders in the department.

In keeping with the mission, vision and values of the department, they help set strategic priorities and guide departmental policies. 

Council Members

Joy Alexander, MSW, DBA

Joy Alexander, MSW, DBA.

Department Administrator

Bio

Joy, who earned her BS in psychology from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and her MSW from the University of Iowa, Des Moines, is completing her doctorate in business administration from the University of Phoenix. Before joining MU, Joy was an assistant professor at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO. From 2006-2017, she served as vice president of marketing and strategic growth at Crop Production Services: Golden Furrow, Eldon, IA. And from 1996-2008, she was vice president of the inpatient and outpatient clinics and behavioral health units for Ottumwa Regional Health Center, Ottumwa, IA.

Jack Colwill, MD

Jack Colwill, MD

Professor Emeritus and Former Chair

Bio

Jack Colwill, MD, who began his career in internal medicine, came to MU in 1964 to serve as an assistant dean of the School of Medicine. In 1976, he was named the first permanent chair of MU Family and Community Medicine.

In 1979, Dr. Colwill led efforts to bring the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Academic Family Medicine Fellowship Program to MU. In its early years, the fellowship helped address the shortage of faculty members across the country. It also helped build the research side of our department.

A nationally recognized expert in physician workforce issues, Jack has addressed the need to expand primary care services, especially for underserved and rural populations, throughout his career. From 1990-1996, he served on the Council on Graduate Medical Education, a committee that advises Congress and the president on physician workforce issues. And from 1992-2000, he directed the RWJF Generalist Physician Initiative, a project designed to help medical schools recruit and educate generalist physicians.

In 1989, Dr. Colwill was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine). He earned Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s Marian Bishop Award in 2002, and in 2004, he was named a National Associate of The National Academies.

Since retiring in 1997, Dr. Colwill has more time for family. He spends his summers in Utah with Win, his wife of nearly 55 years, and he travels across the country to visit his three children and four grandchildren.

Mike Hosokawa, EdD

Mike Hosokawa, EdD

Professor and Director of Faculty Development

Bio

Mike Hosokawa, EdD, joined MU School of Medicine in 1974. Recognized for his work in medical education, Dr. Hosokawa played a key role in initiating innovations that have made MU a pioneer in curricular reform. One of these innovations, problem-based learning, was implemented in 1993 and has become a hallmark of success at MU. Dr. Hosokawa co-founded MU’s rural track initiative during the ‘90s.

In 2009, after stepping down as SOM Associate Dean for Curriculum, Dr. Hosokawa re-joined our department to continue his role as Director of Faculty Development. In 2017, the dean of the School of Medicine appointed him senior associate dean for education and faculty development. Dr. Hosokawa continues to serve both roles.

Outside of leadership in medical education, Mike’s life centers around his two children and two grandchildren. His enjoys cooking, and he is a watercolorist. A former Division 1 swimming coach, he swims at the masters level.                                 

Richelle Koopman, MD, MS

Richelle Koopman, MD, MS

Professor; Vice Chair for Research and Faculty Affairs; Director of Family Medicine Research

Bio

Richelle Koopman, MD, MS, joined our faculty in 2007 after completing an academic fellowship, Master’s degree in clinical research and her early faculty research work at Medical University of South Carolina. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the St. Margaret – UPMC Family Medicine Residency in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Koopman has served as research director for the department since 2017. Her federal funding as a principal investigator has totaled over $3 million, with over $20 million as a co-investigator. She has served on the board of directors for the North American Primary Care Research Group, family medicine’s premier international research association, and on the board of directors for Annals of Family Medicine, Inc., the managing board for the top-rated primary care research journal according to impact factor. She has contributed to the national research landscape on numerous federal grant review panels including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Health Information Technology Research study section and the Veteran’s Administration’s Health Services Research and Development Mentored Research study section.

Dr. Koopman was the founder and past chair of the School of Medicine’s Women in Medicine and Medical Sciences group. She is a member of the national steering committee for the Association of American Medical College’s Group on Women in Medicine and Science and the University of Missouri Chancellor’s Status of Women Committee. She completed the Association of Departments of Family Medicine’s Chair Development Fellowship in 2017. She is a 2018 graduate of the prestigious Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Fellowship.

Dr. Koopman’s ultimate goal is to be excited to come to work every day. She believes that we are at our best when we are finding joy and connecting to meaning in our work. We can be most innovative when collaborating in an inclusive environment that allows diverse voices to be heard, and to productively disagree to co-create the best solutions. She deeply appreciates a longstanding professional and personal partnership with her husband of very many years, as well as the joys of two children and a variety of pets. She is a fan of historical fiction and non-fiction, as well as the True/False Film Festival.

Michael LeFevre, MD, MSPH

Michael LeFevre, MD, MSPH

Professor and Chair

Bio

Michael LeFevre, MD, MSPH, joined our faculty in 1984 after completing medical school, residency and fellowship training here at the University of Missouri. He teaches residents and medical students in inpatient and outpatient settings and maintains an active practice across the full breadth of family medicine, including inpatient work and — through 2012 — obstetrics. 

Dr. LeFevre served as Chief Medical Information Officer for MU Health Care and directed the implementation of the electronic medical record across the system from 2002 through 2012. Much of his academic effort has been in the area of evidence-based medicine and clinical policies, and he completed more than a decade of work on the United States Preventive Services Task Force in April of 2016, including three years as co-vice chair and a year as chair. Dr. LeFevre was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine) in 2011.

In his free time, Dr. LeFevre enjoys fishing and photography. He and his wife Judith met in Marching Mizzou in college and share a love of family and the arts.

Erik Lindbloom, MD, MSPH

Erik Lindbloom, MD, MSPH

Professor; Director of Academic and Geriatric Medicine Fellowships

Bio

Erik Lindbloom, MD, MSPH, joined our faculty in 1997, concurrently enrolling in our fellowships in Academic Family Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. Today, Dr. Lindbloom directs those two programs and our residency practice at the Family Health Center (FHC), the federally-qualified health center in Columbia. He sees patients at FHC and at University Hospital, and he is one of the founding faculty co-directors for the MedZou Community Health Clinic, a student-coordinated free clinic for the uninsured. He has served on the board of directors for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the North American Primary Care Research Group, and he currently chairs the Family Physicians in Geriatrics Group for the American Geriatrics Society.

Recently, Dr. Lindbloom led the development of MU's Master of Science in Academic Medicine (MSAM) degree, the first such fully online degree in the nation designed for physicians who want to improve their teaching, research, writing and review skills, leadership ability, or all of the above. Extending our department's long tradition of training future medical leaders, this program is ideal for physicians who want to develop and strengthen their academic skills while maintaining their current positions. Our first MSAM students graduated in 2018.

Outside of work, Dr. Lindbloom enjoys traveling and practicing taekwondo with his family, discovering good vegetarian food and working on cars — most often of the electric variety lately.

Erika Ringdahl, MD

Erika Ringdahl, MD

Professor; Director of Family Medicine Residency

Bio

Erika Ringdahl, MD, joined our faculty in 1994 after completing medical school at the University of Iowa, residency at the University of Missouri and several years of practice in rural Iowa.

Dr. Ringdahl has been program director of the MU Family Medicine residency since 1997. She has had continuous HRSA federal residency training grants for curricular innovation since 1997. In 2015, she was named the Nikitas J. Zervanos Outstanding National Family Medicine Residency Program Director of the Year.

Dr. Ringdahl’s interests include graduate medical education, chronic disease management and wellness. For 17 years, she has led a free weekly workout class which is attended by MU Family Medicine faculty, residents, students, staff and other community members. In addition to spending time with her husband and three children, Dr. Ringdahl enjoys exercise, yard work and her yellow Labrador, Duke.

James Stevermer, MD, MSPH

James Stevermer, MD, MSPH

Professor; Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs; Director of Medical Student Education

Bio

James Stevermer, MD, MSPH, attended medical school at Washington University and then joined our faculty in 1998 after completing his residency and fellowship training here at the University of Missouri. He practices and is medical director at Callaway Physicians, a residency training site in Fulton, Missouri. He is the medical director of Mid-Missouri AHEC, which oversees rural training for Mizzou medical students. 

Dr. Stevermer regularly teaches in the Introduction to Patient Care portion of the first year curriculum, and he serves on the curriculum board for the School of Medicine. He chairs the Pre-professional Scholars Committee, which oversees one of six rural pre-admissions programs in the country. Dr. Stevermer is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Health of the Public and Science, and he serves as their liaison to the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative and the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases. He is also a member of the Rabies Working Group for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. 

Dr. Stevermer’s clinical interests are chronic disease and evidence-based medicine. He has written and edited for the Family Physicians Inquiries Network since its inception. His hobbies include music, board games and reading.