Jamie Bossuat stood confused in the corridor of her Stockton law firm’s office after her husband, Josh, had just pulled her out of a meeting.
But that confusion disappeared when she saw the group of people in the lobby waiting for her.
That was when Timm Quinn, CEO of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, broke the news that Bossuat was the 2022 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award recipient.
“I was shocked but I’m so proud to have been selected and thankful,” said Bossuat, a shareholder at Kroloff, Belcher, Smart, Perry & Christopherson.
The mother of two young children is active in numerous community organizations. Among them: she is a board member of Pixie Woods, she is vice president of Legislative Affairs for San Joaquin Society for Human Resources and executive board vice president for the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce
Bossuat is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Stockton, 2018 chair of Stockton Parks and Recreation Commission, and chair for the San Joaquin County Bar Association Women’s Lawyers section committee.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Bossuat hosted free webinars via Zoom from March 2020 through February 2022 for the business community and employers, providing them with real-time information about COVID-19 regulations, advice, and more.
Allison Cherry Lafferty, managing shareholder for Kroloff, Belcher, Smart, Perry & Christopherson, who nominated Bossuat for the award, described her as someone who is “dedicated, persistent, and hardworking.”
“I think that she does definitely embody the young professional who takes the time both for her family and to give back to the community. So, she’s raising two young children, a 6- and a 4-year-old, very active, very busy lawyer, that takes a ton of time, but she also finds time to be involved,” Lafferty said.
For the past more than three decades, the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce has presented the ATHENA awards to individuals in San Joaquin County honoring their dedication to serving the community.
“Every year we choose an ATHENA award recipient and a young ATHENA under 40, to honor in our community for doing just amazing things, mentoring women and just really going above and beyond the scope of their job duties to really make Stockton and our community a better place,” Quinn said.
Anna Sass, general manager at SASS! Public Relations Inc., was the 2021 recipient of the young ATHENA award.
“I am still speechless to this day. It came as a complete shock and I am very humbled and honored that I was recognized by the committee,” said Sass.
Sass said the award was “very reaffirming” and a reminder to continue to give back to the community.
Jane Steinkamp, San Joaquin County assistant superintendent of Education Services, is the recipient of the 2022 ATHENA award.
She and Bossuat will be honored and presented with their awards at the Stockton Golf & Country Club on Nov 17.
For more information on the 2022 ATHENA awards or for tickets to the awards luncheon, visit: https://stocktonchamber.org/athena-awards/.
Record reporter Angelaydet Rocha covers community news in Stockton and San Joaquin County. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @AngelaydetRocha. Support local news, subscribe to The Stockton Record at https://www.recordnet.com/subscribenow.