Sunday, July 15, 2012: Kathleen Salas Bass of Boutwell Fay LLP was elected President of the Governing Board of the Western Pension & Benefits Conference (WP&BC.) The Governing Board provides guidance to and coordination between all ten chapters of the WP&BC, as well as partnering with other organizations such as ASPPA in presenting the annual Western Benefits Conference. The WP&BC was founded in San Francisco in 1954 to address the educational needs of pension specialists. Through the years, WP&BC expanded its scope to include those with responsibilities in the health and welfare fields. Today, WP&BC is recognized as the premier educational and professional organization in the western United States for the dynamic field of employee benefits.