A native of the former Yugoslavia, Anita Dizdar attended RKUD Pelagic folk dancing school and played team handball for eight years for ZRK Mlados in her hometown of Banja Luka, representing Bosnia and Herzegovina for three years in her mid-teens. Beginning at age 16, Anita Dizdar watched her country become ravaged by war, and she tried to help others while learning to survive and live with limited resources. Three years later, in 1994, with the country still at war, the International Organization for Migration relocated Anita Dizdar’s family to Seattle, Washington. Drawn to children, Anita Dizdar accepted a position in Washington as a Teacher’s Aide. Recognizing the challenge parents face without enough resources, she became determined to open her own daycare facility. Waiting for the right time, Anita Dizdar next joined Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) as a Lead Sales Associate in a gift shop while pursuing paralegal and business administration studies at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington, and Renton Technical College in Renton, Washington. She earned an Associate of Arts degree. When her father experienced a stroke in 2004, Anita Dizdar devoted herself to his recovery. She gave birth to a child in 2005 and again began to envision opening her own daycare. Through the State of Washington, Anita Dizdar has obtained a license to provide daycare as Rainbow Kids LLC. Unfortunately, the economy has not yet cooperated, and plans to open the facility remain on hold. Anita Dizdar remains active in childcare by volunteering at a local elementary school where she enjoys the interaction with children. Currently, she works as a Relationship Manager in the banking industry in Renton, Washington. In addition to aiding the Renton School District as a classroom volunteer, Anita Dizdar supports Public Safety Employees Union 519 and regularly donates to Goodwill Industries International, Inc. Although 17 years have passed since Anita Dizdar left Bosnia and Herzegovina, Banja Luka remains in her heart, and she still dreams of living in her hometown.