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

Mike Turinsky

Team Leader Botany College

Team Leader Edgewater 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 (18) and Liam (16).

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.

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. They also have a daughter born in 2021.

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.

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 (18) and Liam (16).