62 10th Ave S Waite Park, MN 56387 Call 320.203.0429

About Us

Using a holistic approach focused on integrity, accountability, communication and connection, we help our clients organize their finances by:

  • learning about their goals, dreams and values;
  • providing proactive, expert advice;
  • teaching effective skills and strategies for gaining control over money; and
  • offering integrated support across personal and business areas.


  • For more than 8 years, we have served as Dave Ramsey’s Endorsed Local Provider for Tax Services in Central Minnesota.
  • We teach Financial Peace University classes.
  • Cherie is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner.
  • We’ve completed Traction/Entrepreneurial Operating System training.
  • We are QuickBooks Pro advisors.
  • We effectively combine intellect and people skills to serve our clients.


Cherie Landwehr, Owner
“I’m not your stereotypical accountant,” says Cherie Landwehr, laughing. “I do love spreadsheets and numbers, but I find even greater joy in the relationships I develop with my clients.” A certified public accountant (CPA) and certified financial planner (CFP) with over 25 years of experience, Cherie started Landwehr Tax & Accounting in 2006 with the heartfelt desire to serve others. Meet Cherie.

Ashley Kerzman, Business Manager
Dedicated, passionate, friendly and focused—these are just a few of the ways we would describe Ashley. She began her role as business manager in September 2016. Her responsibilities include managing project workflow, communicating with vendors, completing software updates, fostering team growth and much more. Meet Ashley.

Shawn Landwehr, Payroll Coordinator
“From reading business magazines and tuning in to what is going on with surrounding companies, I am a sucker when it comes to business,” says Shawn Landwehr, with a grin. Just get him talking on the subject and his passion for all things small business is evident. As payroll coordinator for Landwehr Tax & Accounting, Shawn interacts often with our clients—many of which are small business owners. He says this is one of his favorite aspects of the job. Meet Shawn.

Linda Gertken, Accountant

After leaving the public accounting industry for 2.5 years, Linda missed the
work so much and decided it was time to get back into it.  “She is extremely
caring, down-to-earth and one of the most kind-hearted individuals we
know. Her attitude, knowledge and desire to give it her all makes her the
perfect fit and we are so lucky to have her,” exclaims Ashley, reflecting on a
few of many reasons why everybody loves Linda. Meet Linda

Kayla Backes, Certified Public Accountant
Kayla, a driven and caring CPA , comes with 11+ years of experience in business and individual tax preparation and business consulting experience. Her farm background has given her the work ethic to provide dedication and drive to help others be successful in their businesses. She is passionate about helping businesses succeed by creating long-term partnerships. Clients benefit from her commitment to staying updated with the latest tax regulations and genuine desire to alleviate financial stress by creating peace of mind.

Janet Frey, Administrative Assistant
When you walk into Landwehr Tax & Accounting, the joyous face of Janet Frey, our administrative assistant, will greet you! New to Landwehr in 2023, Janet has been an incredible fit to our hard-working, positive team ever since. “I love that Janet always has a smile on face when clients walk into the office,” says office manager Ashley Kerzman. “She is very friendly on the phone, and always goes above and beyond for anyone she comes into contact with!” Meet Janet

Judy Wolter, Staff Accountant
We’ve been honored to have Judy Wolter, staff accountant, with Landwehr Tax & Accounting since 2022. Positive, bright, and hard-working are just a few ways we would describe her. With 13 previous years in accounting, and another 9 years in payroll and human resources, her experience makes her a highly qualified asset. Our business manager Ashley Kerzman says, “Judy is a great asset to the team! She is super detail-oriented and always willing to lend a helping hand in any task no matter the type of work that is needed. Meet Judy

Micki Orbeck, Payroll Coordinator
We welcomed Micki Orbeck, payroll coordinator, to our team in 2024. With a contagious positivity, personable nature, and hard-working mindset, Micki has been a great fit ever since. Her responsibilities include processing payroll and managing tax payments for our incredible small business partners. “Creating relationships with our clients and learning about their businesses is something I really enjoy,” explains Micki.  Meet Micki