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Young Life has a team of six key staff working together to support youth workers in East Auckland.

Carmel Bell

Team Leader
Pakuranga College

Carmel has been at Pakuranga since 2015 as a youth worker. For many years she has also been the Team Leader.


Carmel grew up in the greater Howick area and is a past student in Pakuranga College.


She has a degree in Early Childhood education and her Youth Worker Certificate, level 3.

Jewel Turinsky

CFO, Human Resources,
and Systems Manager

Jewel Turinsky has been with Young Life since 2004. She has a background in International Business and Graphic Design. She handles all Finances, Human Resources, Marketing, and Systems Development. This includes payroll, budgets, grant writing, invoices and accounting.

She is married to Mike Turinsky and they have two teenage boys, Mattias (19) and Liam (17).

Lyall Carter


Team Leader

Howick College

In January 2023, Lyall transitioned into the CEO role.

Lyall Carter started at Howick College in 2019. He is originally from the South Island, a little town called Port Motueka. Lyall has a background in youth work and is also an avid movie critic (even writes reviews). Lyall is married to Emily Carter, who he will tell you, is the love of his life. They also have a daughter born in 2021.

In 2023, he also became the chairperson for WAIF, West Auckland Is Flooding, and is an advocate for those in his community who have lost their homes or property in the Auckland Floods of 2023.

Lyall is working at Howick College to build a larger programme that now has an additional youth worker and hopes to build it into a larger programme. In 2019, he piloted a new programme called Blue Edge which has been very successful. He has also completed his Youth Worker Certificate, level 3.

Jackie Cox

Team Leader

Botany Downs Secondary College

Jackie leads the team at Botany Downs Secondary College.

Jackie grew up in East Auckland, graduating from Edgewater College in 1999. She has been a youth worker at Botany since 2011. That's over ten years of service. Way to go Jackie!

Sarah Saunders

Team Leader

Edgewater College

Sarah leads the team at Edgewater College.

Sarah started at Edgewater in 2018. She has a background in youth work and working with foster children. She has completed her Youth Workers National Certificate, level 3. She is also studying to become a Counsellor by June 2023.

Sarah was born in New Zealand but grew up in the U.K. and moved back to New Zealand in 2016, with her family.

She loves reading and spending time with her family.

Mike Turinsky

Chief Executive Emeritus


Mike has been with Young Life since 2004. He has a background in International Business and Economics. He is also a youth worker at Botany. Since 2017, he has also been elected to the Howick Local Board for the Botany subdivision.

Mike focuses much of his time on our camping expeditions.

Mike is married to Jewel Turinsky, and they have two teenage sons, Mattias (19) and Liam (17).

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