Atlanta Life Media

Reach * Inspire * Entertain 

About Us

In the Photo from left to right:  At the 2016 GMA Dove Awards, Nashville, TN.
Melinda Davis, President & CEO;  Gail Metzbower, Up2Me Magazine senior Copy Editor & Up2Me Radio/Up2Me Magazine Show Host,  Christine Simpson,  Former Atlanta Life Radio Soul Inspirations Show Host.

Who We Are

We envision a world of people living, thriving and serving humanity through their life purpose.

Atlanta Life Media is a digital multimedia company creating and delivering content that uplifts and inspires individuals in their journey towards a life in purpose.

Our phenomenal team of radio/podcast hosts, writers and storytellers create content highlighting real life journeys of individuals and organizations through podcasts, the written word, music, and engaging visuals.

Through a strong teaming strategy Atlanta Life Media welcomes the following entities and individuals to work and/or partner with us:

  • People willing to share their story and journey
  • Businesses operating in "purpose"
  • Small Business Owners
  • Aspiring Entrepreneurs
  • Artists, Film Makers, Actors/Actresses
  • Musicians
  • Social enterprises and the not for profit sector

Our growing community provides a powerful network to market and expand our reach to targeted audiences.

The Leadership Team

Masters of Converting Lemons into Lemonade

Melinda Davis

President & Chief Executive Officer
Melinda sets the creative direction for the company. Melinda also manages the day to day operations and  leads the strategic direction for the company brands

Alicia Ward

VP/Broadcasting Division
Alicia assists in the implementation of the strategic direction for Up2Me Radio.  Alicia also serves as a Senior Copy Editor for Up2Me Magazine and as Show Host for There is Life After Layoff.

Jennifer Jiles

Editor-In-Chief/Publishing Division

Jennifer is responsible for initiatives of the Publishing Division and serves as Editor-In Chief for Up2Me Magazine. Jennifer also coordinates Public Relations for the company.

Gail Metzbower

Marketing and Promotions
Gail leads our media communication and promotion campaign in the northeast region.  
Gail also is the Host of the Up2Me Magazine Radio Show and a Senior Copy Editor for Up2Me Magazine.

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Our individual Paths towards Finding Our Purpose

Melinda Davis, President/CEO

Melinda finds her purpose through her passions and talent for creating meaningful human experiences as a entrepreneur, mentor and business executive in the media and entertainment industry and most of all as a wife and love for her large family.

Here is her journey:

Melinda gained experience working with the media in front of the camera during her tenure as the Director and spokesperson for the Office of Aging of Fulton County Government, the largest County Government in Georgia. Melinda's appearances included several local (WSB, WAGA, WXIA) and nationally syndicated radio and television shows such as ABC World News Tonight and the CNN/Wolf Blitzer Show.

Following her early retirement after a 25+ year successful career in the private and public sectors, in 2008 Melinda created her own company, Gerontological Marketing Concepts (GMC), a health promotion, media and marketing company. A major accomplishment of the company was being selected to produce health education/outreach media for the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. Melinda's work with GMC also included partnering on special projects with the Emmy Award Winning producers of the syndicated television show Healthcare Heroes.

As a business leader, Melinda is a proud graduate of Leadership DeKalb, Class of 2008. Melinda also served as a professional leadership consultant at the C.T. Vivian Leadership Institute founded and led by the Honorable Civil Rights Leader Dr. C.T. Vivian.

A highlight in Melinda’s career was being invited to and attending the 2012 White House Briefing on the Affordable Care Act for community/business leaders.

Behind the camera, Melinda gained experience in creating, financing, managing and building a cable television network during a special two (2) year (2008-2010) project initiative with a former co-owner of the Black Family Channel (MBC Network) Cable Television Network. It was during this time that Melinda had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with Mr. Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor- in Chief of Forbes Media.

As a radio personality Melinda’s appearances include CBS Radio Atlanta-WAOK as the Co-Host for the weekly show "Boom Town Talk" with retired NFL Player Jamie Dukes and as the Atlanta Correspondent and Producer the show “Good Morning Caribbean” a syndicated internet radio show.

As a writer, Melinda has written several articles for the National Council on Aging and for the Girlfriend’s Health Guide and has been a invited speaker to many conferences and events.

In 2013 Melinda created her second company, Atlanta Life Media, LLC creator of Atlanta Life Radio, a syndicated internet based radio station and Up2Me Magazine.

In 2015 she closed Gerontological Marketing Concepts to devote her time to developing and leading the Atlanta Life Media company and it's brands.

Melinda has been the recipient of several awards and recognition such as Excellence in Service from the White House (Office of Faith Based Initiatives, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services), Mayor of City of Atlanta, Fulton and DeKalb County Commissioners, National Council on Aging, Atlanta Regional Commission and the Georgia Diabetes Coalition. Melinda’s Board of Director’s service includes most recently serving as the Board Chair for the Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival.

Melinda is an active member of the National Alliance for Women in Media , Gospel Music Association and the Georgia Production Partnership (GPP).

Melinda enjoys traveling and resides in Atlanta with her husband and dog Mysun.

Alicia Ward, VP/Broadcasting Division

Alicia finds her purpose through her passions and talent for writing as a Author and Blogger, Radio Show Host, fitness enthusiast and most of all as a wife and mother.  

Here is her journey:

Alicia has 20+ years of business know-how and is an experienced planner and organizer. Alicia's business acumen and attention to "detail" has propelled her to stand-out in various leadership roles. 

Alicia's professional career, following receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Cum Laude), from Tuskegee University, began as a Commercial Production Underwriter, for a well-known insurance company, where she excelled. However, after several years of service, she was laid off, as a result of the company's internal restructuring. 

Alicia, soon continued her professional career, working in various industries, ranging from non-profit to the education sector. As life oftentimes repeats itself, once again, and with no advanced notice, Alicia found herself being laid off from her job of almost fourteen years as the Transfer Credit Coordinator and Commencement Coordinator at a major post-secondary college, for the second time in her professional career.

However, this time, Alicia was at PEACE about her layoff, which made all the difference. Understanding that the peace that she had, was a blessing from God, she decided to use this experience, as way to not only re-discover who she is, but also to follow her true purpose in life, which is to inspire and empower others to realize and walk their life purpose or passions. Therefore, through the use of one of her longtime passions, writing, she envisioned and created her blog and company, There is Life After Layoff®,  a company offering  individuals coaching on how to discover their life purpose and gifts, as well as, assist other small business entrepreneurs, with growing the vision for their company through the use of social media. Just recently, There is Life After Layoff®, was named 18th in the Top 100 for 2014 Home-Based 100 Business Winners and in the Top 10 for the Most Innovative and Recession Busters Categories in the annual contest that is hosted by

Based upon the accomplishments of her blog, Alicia was offered the opportunity, with newly formed Atlanta Life Radio, to co-create and co-host a radio show of the same name. An outcome of this is, that Alicia has become a seasoned interviewer and through Atlanta Life Radio, learned radio production, leading to the success of the radio show, "There is Life After Layoff." Alicia's skills in media range from radio show production to red carpet interviewer with on camera work in addition to excelling in the use of social media.

Alicia is a member of the National Association of Professional Women and was just recently selected as Co-Vice President for the Atlanta Chapter. She is also a member of the National Alliance of Women in Media and volunteers through Hands on Atlanta, The Meal Train, and other local charitable organizations as a way of giving back to the community.

Alicia Ward, is a Christian, first and foremost, wife and mother of two adorable children, who enjoys spending time with her family and resides just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Alicia, has had a lifelong obsession for athletics and fitness, which eventually led to her participation as a competitive bodybuilder. Today, Alicia continues to enjoy one of her other life-long passions of running. She competes in various local road races, which includes the Peachtree Road Race and the Atlanta Half-Marathon. She believes that a healthy body is in direct correlation to maintaining a healthy balance between mind and spirit which is one the ultimate keys to success! 

Jennifer Jiles, Editor-In-Chief, Publishing Division

Jennifer finds her purpose through her passions and talent as a leader in the communications field through teaching, coaching, mentoring. and in leadership roles with successful brands and most of all in the love for her family.

Jennifer is an award-winning communicator and creator of strategic campaigns that advance brands, engage audiences and align communications strategies with business goals.

Jennifer’s experience is as extensive as it is diverse and entails areas such as strategic planning, corporate communication, branding, fundraising campaigns, major gifts, annual reports, media relations and coaching, messaging, issue management, crisis communication and change. She has also provided communications counsel, speech-writing and script-writing for live productions to the C-suite, senior executives, college presidents and A-list celebrities.

Jennifer believes that every corporation and organization has a story and she uses a storyteller’s approach as a way to communicate that help to create conversations and results that matter. She has worked with global brands such as AT&T, Hallmark Cards, UPS, BET Television Network,, AFC Enterprises and Walmart as well as non-profit organizations that include Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Interfaith Center of New York, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, SFK International and a host of Atlanta-based organizations through her role as an instructor with Georgia State University.

Jennifer has served as executive editor of corporate publications and university magazines, and she is a writer who has been published in several magazines and professional publications.

Gail Metzbower, Marketing and Promotions, NE Region

Gail finds her purpose through her passions, talent and with the gift of "gab" for building relationships and communities, working in media, hosting a radio show, promoting events, and most of all as a wife, mother and love for her large family.

Here is her journey: 

Gail Metzbower was born and raised as the seventh of 10 children in Baltimore, Maryland. She spent her formative and teen years developing her love of musical theater and the arts by studying and performing in her school productions, local community colleges, theaters, summer stock, a repertory acting company and Maryland Public Television.

After graduating from high school, Gail followed her dream and moved to Hollywood, California where she experienced the “business” side of the industry working with the Albert G. Ruben Co., Entertainment Insurance Agency in Beverly Hills as a Claims Representative. Realizing the importance of a formal education, she decided to return to Baltimore and began a seventeen year journey of adult education in the night school program while working full time. She met her Engineer husband, Curt of twenty-six years while working in Human Resources for Noxell Corporation, (manufacturers of Noxzema Skin Cream, Cover Girl and Revlon). It was during her years, however, working at The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in the Marketing Department, that she realized her love of promotion for the Performing Arts. During that time she was awarded “Intern of the Year” for her work by The Hartford Community College and by her Colleague’s.

Gail took a respite from working outside the home to raise her son, Grayson, 17.  During those years as a Homemaker, she worked as the Principal’s Assistant at her son’s Christian School, coordinated the “Race for Education Program” and wrote the school’s monthly newsletter. After leaving Delaware for her husband’s work and settling in Bucks County, Pa. (Philadelphia), she worked as a Pre-school Teacher’s Assistant as well as started her own Energy and Skin Care businesses. She volunteered as a Patient Concierge at Doylestown Hospital and on the committee for the Bucks County NJ/PA Job Fair. She and her family currently serve on the Hospitality Committee at the “Crossing Church” where they are members.

It was during the process (and frustrations) of re-entering the work force without the completion of her degree that Gail began to grow a passion for helping others “find and develop” theirs.   When she met Atlanta Life’s, Alicia Ward at the 2013 Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival to honor her friend Julie Silcott, she learned of their radio program “There is Life After Lay-off” and felt an instant connection and respect for Ali’s personal journey and how she and the Atlanta Life Media Team minister to those like herself, in a period of transition. Gail feels blessed to be a part of the Atlanta Life Event Team and is grateful to be surrounded by such passionate and experienced women who work generously in supporting others.