Management Team

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

Mike Turinsky

Team Leader Botany College

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, where he is team leads. Since 2017, he is also an elected member of the Howick Local Board, for the Botany subdivision.

Mike is married to Jewel and they have two teenage sons, Mattias (16) and Liam (14).

Lyall Carter

Team Leader

Howick College

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.

Lyall is working at Howick to build a larger programme that will have more youth workers in the coming years. 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.

Carmel Bell

Team Leader
Pakuranga College

Carmel has been at Pakuranga since 2015 as a youth worker. For several 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. Carmel is also the youth director at cession|community church.

Jewel Turinsky

CFO, Marketing
and Systems Manager

Jewel Turinsky has been with Young Life since 2004. She has a background in Business and Graphic Design. She handles payroll, budgets, invoices and the accounting for Young Life.

She is married to Mike Turinsky and they have two teenage boys, Mattias (16) and Liam (14).

Rebecca Bowlin

Team Leader
Edgewater College

Rebecca has been at Edgewater since 2017. She has completed her Youth Worker Certificate, level 3. She also has a background in youth work both in New Zealand and the U.S.

She is originally from Indiana in the U.S. She is married to Josh Bowlin and they have three children.

Rebecca has been instrumental in expanding the youth worker programme at Edgewater in 2018, including bringing the Traveller's Programme to the school.

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