Elvir is currently the President of BAAI. He was born in Tuzla, and came to the United States with his family in 2001. He is a graduate from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies. Elvir has previously worked with the National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Council. He currently resides in Washington DC and works for the United States Department of Energy. In his free time Elvir enjoys playing soccer, and reading.
Ernad is currently the Executive Director of BAAI. He was born in Sarajevo, however his family is from Han Pijesak, eastern part of Bosnia. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science along with an International Business minor from Quincy University. He currently works as a Technology Advisor for Marco. He is also on the board of Congress Bosnjaka Sjeverne Amerike. In his free time Ernad enjoys to play and watch soccer, travel, as well as work out.
Zulfija is currently the Treasurer of BAAI. She is from Vlasenica and moved to the United States in 2001. Zulfija received her Associates Degree from DMACC and her Bachelor’s Degree from Grand View University in Accounting, Business and Finance. Zulfija's future plans are to get her CPA certification and possibly continue her education in pursue of a Masters in Accounting. Zulfija is currently working at BusinessSolver Inc. in the Des Moines area.
Sidik is currently our Marketing Director. He was born in Srebrenica and moved to United States in August of 2000. He received his associates degree through Kaplan Univeristy, majoring in Criminal Justice. Sidik is currently a Senior Police Officer for the City of Des Moines where he has served since 2008. He has been with Bosniak American Association of Iowa since it was originally founded. In his free time, Sidik enjoys spending time with his family and working out.
Nihad is currently apart of the BAAI Marketing Team as an assistant, as well as Community Involvement. His family originates from Srebrenica, and they moved to the United States in the early 2000s. Nihad is currently a Student-Athlete at Drake University. He is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. Along with being a full time student, Nihad competes on the Drake Track and Field team at the NCAA D1 level, specializing in the 200m and 400m distances. Nihad works as a Research Assistant to Dr. Allen at Drake University where the main focus is on Cognitive Psychology. His future plans include getting his Doctorate in Neuropsychology while conducting his own research in hope to discover new methods in treating mental illnesses.
Amra is currently the Secretary of BAAI. She was born in Tuzla, and moved to the United States with her family in 2001. She has received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Human Services with a minor in Sociology, and Psychology from Grand View University. Amra is currently a Probation and Parole intern with the 5th Judicial District. She is currently a Department Support Assistant at Mercy Medical Center on the Orthopedics floor. Amra’s future plans are to attend law school with an emphasis in Family Law, and work at a local law firm in the Des Moines area. She enjoys spending time outdoors, as well as baking.
Merima is currently an Event Coordinator with BAAI. She is originally from Vlasenica, and moved to the United States with her family at the age of 4. She has received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Drake University. Her future plans are to attend Des Moines University to receive her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, and following that to complete a residency in Anesthesiology. She currently works at Blank Children’s Hospital within the Emergency Department.
Alma is currently a Marketing Assistant with BAAI. She is a current student at Drake
University studying Pharmacy. She plans to complete a residency after receiving her degree at Drake in pediatric oncology. Alma has been a member of our team since December of 2015.She has participated in a traditional Bosnian group; Sevdah, since the age of 5.
Senad is currently the Vice President of the Board, and Community Involvement chair. His family came to the United States in 2001. Senad is a State Officer with the Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement. He has received his Criminal Justice degree, and is a graduate from the DPS Law Enforcement Academy. Previous to being an officer, Senad has worked as a Personal Banker at a financial institution. He enjoys spending time with his family, and being active outdoors.
Emma works for the State of Iowa as a Probation/Parole Office. Her strength to work in
the criminal justice system comes from the passion she has to serving all victims of crime. For the last 13 years Emma has dedicated much of her time help others in need by participating on many different committees. Currently she serves as a co-chair of the Awards and Memorial Committee with Iowa Corrections Association as well as 5th Judicial District Crime Victims Rights Committee which annually puts together a ceremony to honor victims of crime. As a busy mother of three, Emma joined BAAI in the summer of 2015 and currently serves as a
Event Management Director/Voter Involvement Chair
Amir is currently BAAI’s Event Management Director/Voter Involvement Chair. He was born in Des Moines, IA while his family originates from Srebrenica. He is currently studying Political Science
and History at Simpson College. Amir has interned at the Iowa State Capitol and he currently interns with the Greater Des Moines Partnership, working on Public Policy. In addition, he was also a Precinct Captain for the Bernie Sanders campaign during the 2016 presidential election. Amir's future plans are to receive a Masters Degree in Public Policy.