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Mendes Consulting LLC has two experienced financial executives and a team of contractors.

LaShawnda Thomas

LaShawnda has over 17 years of progressive experience providing analysis, advice and insight regarding complex business issues to senior management and boards of directors, improving processes, and delivering services to ensure organizations are compliant with internal policies and procedures and external rules and regulations.


Prior to joining Mendes Consulting LLC, LaShawnda spent four years with Carnegie Mellon University where she led the accounting and financial reporting department of a university with a $1.1 billion operating budget and $3 billion in assets and was responsible for assessing the operational and financial impact of significant business transactions.


LaShawnda started her career at KPMG LLP where she was a senior manager in the audit practice with more than 13 years of experience providing professional services to companies in a variety of industries. LaShawnda’ time at KPMG LLP included a three-year appointment to KPMG’s National Office where she assisted audit teams and clients nationwide with complex accounting, audit, financial reporting and SEC filings matters and with identification of audit quality matters and development, implementation and monitoring of process improvements and remedial action plans. 

LaShawnda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Duquesne University. She is also a licensed CPA in Pennsylvania and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Black Accountants, and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. LaShawnda has over 10 years of experience serving on boards of directors and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

The owner of Mendes Consulting LLC, Pete has a strong history of partnering with senior management teams and boards of directors to develop strategies, provide operational support, and optimize the entire organization. Pete has over 25 years of delivering viable solutions that resolve complex business issues.


Before creating Mendes Consulting LLC, Pete worked at KPMG LLP for 23 years and led engagement teams to audit financial statements and internal control over financial reporting for SEC registrants and privately-owned companies, ranging from local companies with $15 million annual revenue to global organizations with $3 billion revenue annually. He also interacted with client senior management and board members on strategy and corporate governance.

While working at Mendes Consulting LLC, Pete has performed Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer responsibilities for organizations temporarily without a senior executive or in need of additional seasoned financial expertise.  He has been recognized for creating value through measured, analytical approach to strategic initiatives, effectively managing client expectations, and introducing robust, measurable best practices.

Pete graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, has over 15 years of experience of serving on boards of directors, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a licensed CPA in Pennsylvania and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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