Board Members

John Whitaker, President

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 Ordain 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, Serves on Board of Directors for Jesus Saves International Ministries, Senior Enlisted Leader for the Engineering Department onboard USS Stephen W. Groves, Operations Department Head at Navy Operations Support Center, Pensacola. 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. Also has an Associate’s Degree in Biblical Studies from the International School of Ministry.



Michael Etheredge ,Vice President

Has over 30 years of working with youth. Etheredge is a Military Veteran serving for 6 years in the U.S.Army.Worked for U.P.S. for 20 years. Has been a member of the Pensacola community for over 25 years. Has 4 children and 4 grand children.


Rick Carroll , Treasurer 

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, Public Relations

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, Interim Secretary

Cheryl Etheredge is orginally from Alabmam and moved to Pensacola in 2004. Mrs. Etheredge has devoted 15 years in the medical field as a Medical Assistant in multiple areas from neurosurgury, family practice, pulmonary and vascular surgery. She is married to Coach Michael Etheredge and has one son that joined our blended family. Mrs. Etheredge currently serves as Administration and Community Relations Director for Golden Elite. 




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