Meet Our Clinical Leadership Team
Chief Clinical Officer – Trumpet Behavioral Health
In 2008, Amber Valentino received a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. She completed a predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Marcus Autism Center/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. After completion of her postdoctoral training, she remained at the Marcus Autism Center, serving as program coordinator of a community autism parent training program and as a senior psychologist in a language and learning clinic.
In 2012, she transitioned to Trumpet Behavioral Health where she has held various leadership positions. She currently serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for Trumpet Behavior Health.
Chief Executive Officer
Ned Carlson is the Chief Executive Officer of Trumpet Behavioral Health. Ned joined the organization in 2017 after serving as an operating partner for Windrose Health Investors, Trumpet’s investment partner.
Ned has over 20 years of experience building and scaling businesses in operations, strategy, and financial management roles. Prior to joining Trumpet, Ned served as the President of GlobalCare, a technology-enabled service business providing intelligent claims routing, re-pricing optimization, cost containment, and data analysis to healthcare payors. Previously, he was a founding member and Managing Director at Dawntreader Ventures, a technology-focused venture capital fund.
Ned has a degree in Government from Harvard University and currently resides in Denver with his wife and two daughters.
Chief Operating Officer
Joshua Sleeper, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Trumpet Behavioral Health, started in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) over 20 years ago. In college, he began working as a part-time therapist for a school district in California. There, he fell in love with helping individuals with autism and developmental disabilities experience the positive impacts of ABA therapy.
He continued to work as a private ABA therapist before joining I Can Too! Learning Center (ICT). At ICT he was promoted from a Therapist to Clinical Director, where he was responsible for growing a new ABA center in his home town of Monterey and Salinas,
Director of Regional Operations
Julia Larson has worked in the field of ABA since 2008 when she became a therapist while in college. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2009, she moved to California and continued to work as a behavior therapist while working on a Master’s Degree from National University. In 2007, she moved to Arizona. There, she accrued her supervised clinical hours and became a BCBA in 2014.
Julia started working at Trumpet in 2015 as a Clinician and then became a Senior Clinician overseeing the Gilbert, AZ location. In 2017, she was promoted to the role of Director of Regional Operations,
Dr. LeBlanc, a licensed clinical psychologist and Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, served as Trumpet’s Executive Director of Research and Clinical Services from 2012-2016. During that time she was integral in building a comprehensive set of clinical standards, developing the company’s research function and recruiting and mentoring innumerable clinical leaders. As she transitions to Executive Advisor, Dr. LeBlanc will focus her efforts on strategic company initiatives and the continued mentorship of clinical leaders.
Dr. LeBlanc has published over 90 articles and book chapters, is an Associate Editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice and the Literature Review Editor for Education and Treatment of Children and serves on the Board of Directors of the California Association for Behavior Analysts.