Salt Lake City Mayor Palmer DePaulis was one of four community leaders honored as "1991 Pathfinders" during the 15th annual Women & Business Conference Friday and Saturday at Little America.

"The commitment our Pathfinders exhibit to professional excellence in their chosen fields as well as the personal quality of commitment and support they share with others is an inspiration to us all," said Doreen Maxfield, visitor services director of the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau.The recipients are:

Palmer DePaulis, elected mayor of Salt Lake City November 1985. He was a city councilman from 1979 to 1983, serving as chairman in 1981. Five months prior to his election, DePaulis served as interim mayor. From 1983 until the time of mayoral appointment, he served as Salt Lake City public works director. He also was responsible for flood control in the city.

Josie Valdez, assistant director for business development for the U.S. Small Business Administration. She serves on the Governor's Business Development Advisory Board, the steering committee for the Utah Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training and is a member of Hispanic Women of Utah and Hispanic Women In Progress.

Verl Topham, president and chief executive officer of Utah Power since 1990. A member of Salt Lake County, Utah State and American bar associations, Topham also serves on the boards of the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, Utah Opera, Utah Symphony, Business and Economic Development Board for the state of Utah and the Salt Lake Winter Games Organizing Committee.

Isabelle Jensen, former director of community affairs for Questar Corp. Retired from her career in 1988, Jensen is chairman of the advisory committee of the Voluntary Action Center. While at Questar, Jensen organized company employees for volunteer work at Camp Kostopolous and created a company speaker's bureau. She also is a board member of the Community Services Council.