For the past two years The Domestic Divas have been helping area households keep up with the day-to-day demands, like laundry, house cleaning, meal preparation, shopping, pet sitting, childcare, and more.

Chief Executive Officer, Mari Alexander, started the company two years ago and has witnessed consistent growth each quarter.

“Everyone can use at least one of our services; it is just a matter of getting the word out in the Nashville area. Several of our clients are gay or lesbian; we want the GLBT community to feel comfortable working with us,” Alexander said. “When someone enters your home to clean it or feed your pets, you want to be sure he or she provides the ultimate care without bias.”

Tya Pace is vice president of operations/ professional personal assistant. She is a native of Las Vegas, NV, where she graduated from the University of the Nevada Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish for the Professions. As the chief operating officer, Pace oversees the day-to-day operations of Domestic Divas.

Mari Alexander is the chief executive officer and professional personal assistant. She has been in the personal assistant field for 13 years. She began working as a personal assistant for her husband, a professional athlete for the National Football League, as well as other high profile clientele.

Martina Michalova is the director of client services/ professional personal assistant. Michalova is a native of Slovakia. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication. She is well-traveled, having lived in numerous countries, as well as fluent in three languages.                                  

For more information, contact The Domestic Divas at (615) 338-4242 or .

Nashville minority business center presents 'Minority Enterprise Development Week'

This year's MEDWeek promises to be ”action-packed,” with business and health expos, power marketing, a small business administration contracting seminar, and even a golf challenge. Corporate sponsors include HCA, Bellsouth, NES, and Caterpillar Financial. MEDWeek kicks off on September 24, with an awards banquet to be held on the General Jackson Showboat at Opry Mills. The event runs September 24 through October 8 and will be held in various locations throughout the city. Visit for more information, or send an email to Marilyn Robinson at

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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