Joshua Atiba, MD, MHA
Co-founder and Board of Director
Dr. Atiba has been a physician for 36 years and is an Internist and Medical Oncologist. He studied Medicine in Lagos, Nigeria and completed fellowship training at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. He is an educator and researcher with a number of published scientific articles.
Dr. Atiba is also a Medical Entrepreneur and in 2001, he established the Noah-Atiba Foundation dedicated to promoting quality of life in society. Passionate about helping change the world in a positive way, he has been instrumental in the formation and development of the J Cruz Foundation.
Carina C. Benson
Co-founder and Director
Carina is a Pediatrician with a strong clinical research background in both Oncology and Pediatric cardiac diseases. She completed her Masters in Business Administration at Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois. She has worked in both “for- profit” and “non-profit” corporations in the Philippines and the US, giving her a wealth of experience in entrepreneurship.
Carina traces her ancestry to the Igorots who were known to be fierce headhunters up in the mountains in Northern Luzon, Philippines and were never conquered by the Spaniards. Her great grandfather, Mateo Carino, was the last Chieftain of the Ibaloi tribe in Baguio and his children were educated when the Americans and Belgian missionaries settled in that part of the world in the early 1900’s. Her family history has made her appreciate the importance of positive change thru education and spiritual development.
Carina is driven to implement change in the world by providing care to children using a holistic approach. This means providing assistance for children’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being and advancement. She believes spirituality can be taught to children without necessarily being affiliated to a specific religion and it is what is necessary to help children grow into resilient and purposeful adults.