Welcome to our new Iowa Able Foundation website! The Iowa Able Foundation is a statewide non-profit helping Iowans with disabilities and the aging achieve and maintain independence through microlending programs and financial coaching. Here you can learn more about our programs, apply for a loan, or request an application, and find out how you can join us by donating your time, participating in our annual Iowa Able Run, or making a contribution to support our work.
Our Mission Statement:
The Iowa Able Foundation empowers Iowans with disabilities, their families, and the aging to achieve and maintain independence through lending, educating and advancing.
Finance Director’s Bio
Abbey Westbrook: My name is Abbey Westbrook and I am the Finance Director at Iowa Able Foundation. I studied Sociology at Iowa State University and have several years of office and finance experience but this is my first position working with the disability community. I enjoy getting to know the clients on a personal level and find it incredibly rewarding that we are often the bit of light someone needs when they feel lost and feel like they no one can help. I also love the satisfaction of seeing clients make it through our program and start to have a grasp on their finances and begin to have a positive look on their financial future. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, Jeremy, and our six month old son, Henry. I also enjoy cooking and baking.
Iowa Able Foundations board of directors spotlight!
Brian Lester Smith is an assistant general counsel at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a health insurance company in Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Smith advises on a wide variety of employee relations matters and employee benefits, led a team that drafted Wellmark’s corporate records information management (RIM) policy, assists in the preparation and delivery of training to HR and management staff, manages outside counsel on employment matters, and is lead counsel for HIPAA Privacy, Security, Transactions, and Code Sets rules. He has significant experience drafting and negotiating complex commercial contracts and transactional documents. He also mentors and advises new attorneys and procurement staff at Wellmark.
Mr. Smith is an active member of the Iowa Bar and the Iowa Bar Association. He has been a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel for many years, previously serving as president and a board member of the Iowa Chapter. Recently, Mr. Smith was elected president of the Iowa Able Foundation board of directors, a non-profit foundation providing financial literacy and loans to qualifying Iowans in the disabled community. He is also a proud letter winner of University of Wisconsin football and member of the National W Club. He was a co-author of “Selected Legal Issues Affecting a State’s Movement Towards Health Care Reform” 42 Drake Law Review 711 (1993). Mr. Smith received his juris doctor, with distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law and his bachelor of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.