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Who We Are

Lucent Consulting is more than just a consulting firm. We are a team of dedicated professionals committed to providing top-tier forensic analysis, litigation support, and business valuation services. Our approach combines deep industry knowledge with a personal touch, ensuring each client receives tailored solutions. We pride ourselves on our integrity, expertise, and unwavering commitment to client success.


Our Team

Meet the dynamic team at Lucent Consulting—a group of seasoned professionals united by their expertise in forensic analysis, litigation support, and business valuation. Each team member brings a unique set of skills and experiences, contributing to our culture of excellence and innovation. Together, we are committed to delivering outstanding service and building lasting relationships with our clients.

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Cristina R. Baumgardner

Cristina R. Baumgardner, CPA, ABV, CFE, CIA, leads Lucent Consulting with over 15 years of experience in forensic accounting, fraud investigation, and business valuation. Her expertise spans a wide range of services, from internal control assessments to complex litigation support. Cristina’s certifications and extensive experience, coupled with her passion for continuous learning, make her a formidable leader in the field.

Outside work,  Cristina enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, and spending quality time at the ranch with her family.

Cristina is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Institute of Internal Auditors, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. Cristina is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Finance.


Gerald Hill

Gerald graduated from Southwest Texas University in 1963 and began his accounting career in West Texas, then San Antonio.  He has been practicing accounting in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi since then except for a stint in the USAF.  His practice consisted of traditional accounting services until the mid-1980’s at which time he focused on forensic services.  He has been engaged and/or appointed in over 500 cases since that time.

Today he enjoys working on a part time basis and fishing at his weekend home in Rockport, Texas.

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Kaley Redding

Kaley Redding is an intern at Lucent Consulting. She is currently a senior at Texas A&M University- San Antonio, expected to graduate in December 2023. After graduation she plans to obtain her master’s in public accountancy and sit for the CPA. Kaley worked as a bank teller and banker for five years, where she grew a love for working with numbers and decided to pursue accounting. She has gained a lot of leadership experience in her time as an undergrad. She held the positions of president and treasurer for her sorority, Sigma Delta Lambda Sorority, Inc. and served as vice president for the student chapter of TXCPA. She also held several mentor positions, mentoring students in the career service center, as well as students on academic probation.

Kaley grew up in College Station, Texas and is a die-hard Aggie fan. She has seven younger siblings, who she goes to visit in College Station as often as she can. Her hobbies include hiking, running, and cooking. She loves to go on road trips, camping trips, and going to live music shows as often as she can.

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