Golden Elite Track & Field Team 

John Whitaker Board President


Michael Etheredge has over 30 years of working with youth. Worked for U.P.S. for 20 years. Prior military service for 6 years in the U.S.Army.Has been a member of the Pensacola community for over 25 years. Has 4 children and 4 grandchildren.


Rick Carroll, a Florida licensed CPA, joined JetPay in June 2012 and currently serves as Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for development and implementation of the corporate strategic plan with emphasis on increasing market share, data management, and cost control.

Prior to joining JetPay, Mr. Carroll had his own accounting/tax practice for over 10 years. Before that, Mr. Carroll held financial positions in the Banking and Healthcare industries. Mr. Carroll earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of West Florida.


​Pamela Martinez-Hall is originally from Texas, but as a military brat, she traveled to Okinawa, Andrews AFB, and Venezuela, finally making Northwest Florida home. Mrs. Martinez-Hall graduated from the University of West Florida with a bachelor’s in English Education and taught English at Navarre High School for 10 years. She currently volunteers with Montessori School of Pensacola’s PTO and has served as a volunteer for Golden Elite for two years. She is married to Phil Hall, who also volunteers with the program. Their children, Nicholas and Aidan Hall, compete with Golden Elite, Nicholas as a distance runner and Aidan as a thrower. 


Cheryl Etheredge is originally from Alabama and moved to Pensacola in 2004. Cheryl has 15 years of experience in medical field multiple areas such as Pulmonary, Cardiac, Vascular, Neurosurgery and Family Medicine. Cheryl passion is helping elderly and volunteering with Golden Elite as Community Relations Director. Cheryl is married to Michael Etheredge, the founder of Golden Elite and has a blended family of 5 children and grandkids.

​​​John Whitaker is originally from Moultrie, Georgia and is currently serving as Team Chaplain and Advisor. He is a 26 year U.S. Navy Veteran and Ordained Minister. During his 26 years of outstanding military service he has served a total six years as Protestant Lay Leader on three different Navy war ships. He taught Navy’s Leadership courses for three years to over 3,000 Officers and Senior Enlisted personnel in the Gulf Coast region. John was selected as Instructor of the Year for the entire East Coast.Other positions of leadership led by John includes:  Lead Pastor of Harvest Christian, Senior Enlisted Leader for the Engineering Department onboard USS Stephen W. Groves, Operations Department Head at Navy Operations Support Center, Pensacola.   He also serves as the Jumps Coach for Golden Elite Track Club. John graduated from Coastline County College with and Associate’s in Electrical Mechanical Engineering with a concentration on Workforce Education.