Meet Micki, Payroll Coordinator

If you’ve seen a bright new face around Landwehr Tax & Accounting, it may be that of our newest payroll coordinator, Micki! We welcomed Micki, a New Munich native, to our team in April of this year, 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.

Watching her dedication to our clients has been a pleasure for our entire team. “Clients are really enjoying their interactions with Micki,” says office manager Ashley Kerzman. “She is always ready and willing to learn more and be the best she can be.”

Outside of work, you can find Micki spending as much time outside as she can. When she’s not camping in the summer, she enjoys crafting and reading, too!

Thank you for jumping in and helping us continue our mission every single day Micki! Meet Micki and the rest of our team here.

Meet Judy, 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. 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.

With 13 previous years in accounting, and another 9 years in payroll and human resources, her experience makes her a highly qualified asset. Her responsibilities include monthly bookkeeping for our clients and processing payroll. She also assists with administrative duties during our busy season.

“I also like the variety of work,” says Judy. “Every day is something different. It keeps the job interesting.”

Judy’s skills make her an amazing asset to her team, but it’s her genuine care for people that sets her apart.

“We work with some really great clients,” Judy explains. “I also really love the people I work with; our team is amazing.”

(We sure love you too, Judy!)

Outside of work, Judy enjoys spending time with her family and pups, quilting, gardening, and reading.

Schedule an appointment to meet with one of our team members, like Judy, today!

Meet Janet, 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.

Formerly a manager of a retail store, Janet has a TON of experience in working with people.

“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!”

Janet’s previous leadership position is also apparent with her strong initiative and attention to detail – which adds great value to her role. Her responsibilities at Landwehr include answering phone calls, greeting our amazing clients, and making sure documents get to the correct person.

“What I love most about my job is making a genuine connection with our clients,” explains Janet.

(We agree Janet, that’s the best part!)

Outside of work, you can find Janet capturing the world through her photography. 

“There’s something special about capturing special moments,” she explains.

Thank you for creating special moments for our clients as well, Janet!

Meet Janet and the rest of our team here.

Welcome New Partners

We’re thrilled to announce Ashley Kerzman and Kayla Backes as two new partners to the firm! Ashley is a proven leader in her dedication to our clients and unwavering commitment to firm administration while Kayla brings a wealth of experience in the tax and accounting arena. 

As a CPA partner, Kayla will be instrumental in driving innovation, developing client relationships and ensuring the delivery of high-quality services that meet the evolving needs of our clients. Ashley brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise around directing the day-to-day operations of Landwehr Tax & Accounting, implementing processes to better serve our team AND our clients, and is instrumental in driving firm culture.

Cherie Landwehr believes that bringing on new partners means infusing the company with new ideas, energy and enthusiasm.  “It’s extremely important to me to pass ownership privileges on to the next generation while there is still time to mentor and grow these new leaders.  More than ever, it’s important for small businesses to be healthy and thrive in these changing times. This new partnership keeps Landwehr Tax & Accounting relevant and impactful well into the next generation.”

As new partners, Ashley is excited about the partnership because, “I wholeheartedly believe that this company does incredible things! We have amazing co-workers and wonderful clients and I am excited to see what the future holds for us!” Likewise, Kayla is thrilled to join forces with two women who are great leaders and have a passion for their career and helping clients. “The three of us make a great team with our own strengths that benefit the company when joined together.”

Please join us in welcoming these two dynamic women to our leadership team!

You can connect Cherie, Ashley, Kayla, or any of our other incredible team members by scheduling an appointment with Landwehr Tax & Accounting today.

Meet Stefanie, Payroll Processor

Stefanie has been with Landwehr since fall of 2020 and is an integral part of the payroll department. Her passion for research has earned her the title of the “go-to” person for any type of research that needs to be done when new laws are passed, especially when it deals with payroll. “Stefanie has been the perfect addition to our team. Her calmness and go-with-the-flow attitude is unmatchable, especially during the hustle and bustle during tax-season,” reveals Ashley.

“My first venture into the bookkeeping/payroll world was over 20 years ago when I worked for the family trucking business. To say I didn’t know what I was doing was definitely an understatement,” chuckles Stefanie with a smile on her face. Through much trial and error, and patience and knowledge of a great accountant, Stefanie found her passion and obtained her bachelor’s degree in accounting.

After graduating college, Stefanie knew she wanted to work in a place where clients are more than just a number – a place where developing a working relationship and helping the client understand the “how and why” are just as important as the end result. “I consider myself blessed to have found that at Landwehr Tax & Accounting and am thankful to be part of a team that works together and appreciates the gifts each person brings to the table.”

In her down time, Stefanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their family, which consists of 5 children and 8 grandchildren at their home near Sauk Centre.

Meet Linda, 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.

Linda joined the Landwehr Tax & Accounting team in October of 2018. When asked what she likes most about her career at Landwehr working mostly with accounting and taxes she states, “I really enjoy the friendly atmosphere, the variety of work and the client focused core values of the company. I have worked in a variety of businesses over the years but truly enjoy my time in public accounting the most.”

Growing up in the small town of Freeport and graduating from Melrose High School, Linda chose to go to Moorhead State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1994. Later that year, Linda married Brian Gertken. They have lived on a farm in between Albany and Avon since and have raised their three children on the property. They have one daughter, Kiersten, and two sons, Brady and Tanner. They also have been blessed with three grandchildren: Gabriel, Addyson and Arya.

In Linda’s spare time she enjoys going for walks, spending time with family and friends, and finding refurbished antique projects to work on with her husband.

Learn tax strategies that could save you thousands!

The 2018 Tax Reform bill is the biggest tax law change since 1986 – and it’s GOOD for business! Landwehr Tax & Accounting has been gearing up to help businesses implement strategies that could help your company pay less taxes. Now is the time to plan to take advantage of these new opportunities.

Entity Choice:  revisit your Company’s entity configuration to make sure it is still the best choice under the new regulations.

Cash or Accrual:  tax law changes allows for greater flexibility on what accounting method is allowed for tax purposes.

Reasonable Compensation:  the new law puts this old concept back into relevancy…make sure your compensation is not too low, nor too high.

Individual Taxes:  changes on the individual side of tax law is also addressed during your planning service.

Year-end tax tips:  there are less than three months left to implement changes before the year is over…don’t wait!

Give us a call TODAY to schedule your appointment and see how the new tax law pertains to your business with our newly developed planning packages. Space is limited so call now before the year is over…we’re ready to help!

BASIC Package ($850)

Planning based on new tax law

  • Entity choice
  • Cash or accrual
  • Reasonable compensation to maximize QBI deductions
  • Impact on personal returns (for 1 shareholder)
  • Year-end tax tips

All-Inclusive Package ($1,250)

Everything from the BASIC package PLUS:

  • Past 3 years tax review
  • Observations on financial health of business

Meet 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.

“I’m always asking questions and informing myself about our clients’ business operations,” he says. “I learn a lot from those conversations and I enjoy using that knowledge to help them.”

In addition to his entrepreneurial spirit, Shawn brings 17 years in retail management experience to his role at Landwehr. After studying supervisory management at St. Cloud Technical College, he worked at a local office supply store as the furniture sales lead and as the backroom coordinator and receiving supervisor at other retail stores.

“After all that time spent in retail, I was ready for a change,” he says. “Landwehr was growing and I wanted to work in a place where I could interact more directly with small business owners.”

Shawn—who has a tattoo on his right shoulder that says “Stay True”— believes strongly in living with honesty and integrity. These values, coincidentally, align with Landwehr’s company values – what a great fit!

When Shawn isn’t engulfed in a business magazine, you can find him spending time with his wife or working on his 2006 Pontiac GTO (cars – one of his favorite hobbies). He also enjoys playing with his new German Shepherd, Maya and Miniature Schnauzer, Snickers.

Meet Cherie Landwehr, Owner

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.

“Helping people achieve financial security in a way that feels good to them is our main goal,” Cherie shares. “Yes, it is our duty to complete our client’s taxes well, and we do. But, people come here because they can ask questions and never feel stupid.”

Cherie’s focus on connection and personal relationships isn’t the only way her company differentiates itself from others. Every year since 2006, Landwehr Tax & Accounting has earned the distinction of being Central Minnesota’s only Dave Ramsey Endorsed Local Provider for Tax Advice and Preparation.

“The first time I encountered Dave Ramsey’s book, Financial Peace Revisited, I read it from cover to cover in one day. His philosophy was so inspiring that I attended his debt counseling class in Nashville and began incorporating his ideas into my work with clients,” she says.

When Cherie’s not meeting with clients, crunching numbers or strategizing with her fast-growing team, you can find her reading, gardening, watching movies and spending time with her family at their home in St. Augusta, Minnesota.