Botany Downs Secondary College has 4 youth workers and one Team Leader.

Paul Gray

Youth Worker

Paul has been a youth worker at Botany since Feb. 2017. He has a background in community youth work. He graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Youth Development from WelTec. He also has a Bachelor of Primary Teaching from University of Auckland. And he has a Youth Worker National Certificate, Level 3.

Paul grew up in East Auckland graduating from Macleans College. He married to Jamie Lee Gray.

Ethan Miller

Team Leader and Youth Worker

Ethan has been a youth worker at Botany since 2015. He has a background in youth work and is also the Team Leader. He is passionate about youth and is an avid basketball player.

Ethan grew up in Auckland.

Jackie Cox

Youth Worker

Jackie has been a youth worker at Botany for many years. She is also a librarian's assistant for Auckland Libraries in Pakuranga.

Jackie grew up in East Auckland, graduating from Edgewater College in 1999.

Mike Turinsky

Youth Worker

Mike Turinsky has worked as a paid youth worker at Botany since the programme began.


Originally from Alaska, Mike immigrated to New Zealand in 2004 and gained N.Z. citizenship in 2013. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Business and Economics from George Fox University. He previously worked in the business world (human resources, management, and finance) before coming to work with Young Life NZ Trust. His experience with youth work goes back 20+ years.


He is married to Jewel Turinsky and and they have two sons, Mattias (14) and Liam (12).

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