About Us

Gotcha Covered is a New Orleans based Human Resources consulting firm that specializes in providing businesses with practical and cost-effective solutions to problematic challenges within the workplace. Its co-founders, Stefanie Allweiss and Patricia Pannell, bring more than fifty years combined experience in employment relations and mediation of workplace issues. We understand the importance of resolving problems quickly and productively so that your business and workforce will be successful.

Our Team

Stefanie J. Allweiss, J.D.

Stefanie Allweiss is a Human Resources consultant, mediator, and co-founder of Gotcha Covered HR. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Stefanie graduated Tulane University School of Law, cum laude, in 1980, and settled into an active life in New Orleans.

During her 25 years of law practice, Stefanie specialized in the area of Labor and Employment Law, first as a partner with McCalla, Thompson, and later with Fisher & Phillips. She litigated and rendered advices in employment-related matters, conducted independent and impartial investigations of discrimination and harassment complaints and provided a myriad of training sessions for workplace conduct for a variety of clients.

From 2005 to 2008, Stefanie served as the Executive Director of Employee Relations and Equity for Tulane University, where she worked with Department Chairs, Chief Executive Officers, Deans and University Police, and was responsible for conducting a multitude of investigations and training throughout the University Communities.

Stefanie has also conducted mediations on a “pro bono” basis for the Regional Office of the EEOC and for several years was on the panel of mediators with ADRinc.

In 2008, Stefanie was trained as a Board “Coach” and mentor to assist Louisiana Charter School Boards on Board Governance issues, and served in that capacity for several years as a member vendor of the LAPCS.

Stefanie’s love of international adventure travel led her to service as an International Volunteer in Southeast Asia during the Springs of 2011 and 2012, where she assisted a Grassroots Organization in developing key policies and procedures, and conducted training on Human Resources issues and law. She is a founding Board member of the Foundation of Education and Development (GHREFED) an American-based non-profit organization whose goal is to promote education, human rights and safe working conditions for Burmese migrants in Thailand (http://www.ghrefed.org).

During her spare time, Stefanie enjoys travel, hiking, bike riding, and the music and food of New Orleans. She is married to attorney Michael “Mickey” Allweiss, and together they are the parents of three adult daughters and two rescue pups.

Patricia E. Pannell, J.D.

Patricia Pannell is a Human Resources consultant, attorney, and mediator. In 2013, Patti and her long-time colleague Stefanie Allweiss founded Gotcha Covered HR to provide human resources support and outsourcing to small and mid-sized businesses.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, Patti has been actively engaged in the practice of labor and employment law in the Greater New Orleans area for more than 25 years. She has represented clients before regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Patti has lectured at seminars both for individual businesses and for fellow attorneys on topics such as sexual harassment, family and medical leave, and wage and hour law. She works extensively with HR professionals and business owners in proactive problem solving, including developing and implementing drug testing protocols; working with managers in dealing with employees in difficult situations, providing advice, guidance and coaching as needed; negotiating severance agreements; formulating general workplace policies and strategies; and conducting independent investigations into allegations of sexual harassment and other forms of workplace discrimination.

In 2012, Patti received her certification in Employment Mediation from The Mediation Institute and is a registered Civil Mediator with the Louisiana State Bar Association. She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association as well as the South Carolina Bar.

Patti is also a member of the New Orleans affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (NOLA-SHRM), the New Orleans Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-NOLA), and, through Gotcha Covered HR, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce and StayLocal.

Patti is married to her law school sweetheart, John Dunlap, and has two sons. She enjoys cooking, reading, gardening, spinning, and SEC football. She is an active member of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church where she serves as chair of the World Missions Committee.

Ray Lieber

Over the last 30+ years, Ray served as an advisor, consultant, coach, and colleague to more than 1000 leaders with top organizations such as ExxonMobil, Superior Energy Services and Tulane University on wide-ranging employee engagement strategies at every phase of the employment cycle from hire-to-retire. In his last assignment with Superior Energy Services, he served as Vice President of HR where he designed, implemented and led the HR function in a global decentralized business model. He holds a certification of Senior Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resources Management.

Ray’s specialties include managing end-to-end talent acquisition processes including sourcing, structured interview training, and selection. He is certified in Stay Interview techniques and trains front leaders on how to improve employee engagement and retention. He has designed and implemented performance review programs and provides leadership training on how to give effective feedback with an emphasis on coaching to improve.

Throughout his career, Ray has trained and developed more than 100 HR professionals and leaders and still serves as a coach and mentor to some. He has served in a wide range of HR roles including Business Partner, Compensation, and many leadership positions including corporate vice president. He has depth in all the core areas of HR expertise.

Ray’s hobby is spending time with his miniature horse, Teddy, who constantly teaches Ray about the value of using good old “horse sense.”

Charlene Bridges

Charlene is the Team’s Administrative Coordinator. Born and raised in New Orleans, she earned her bachelors of Science from the University of New Orleans. She worked mostly as a loan officer for Regions Bank until Hurricane Katrina. After Hurricane Katrina, she relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. In Georgia, she was able to try several career opportunities. She worked as an Executive Assistant, Office Manager, and Human Resources/ Payroll Specialist. She lived there for 7 years and decided to move back home to be closer to her family.

The job market in Louisiana proved challenging to navigate when she relocated back to the city. Some business associates, friends, and family would enlist her help with organizing projects and assisting help from time to time. She realized that her natural skills were in organizing and assisting business owners in reaching the next level for their business. She founded All Squared Away, a personal assistant and personal organizing company. Having that reliable person to handle tasks which allows a business owner to be freed-up to focus on making the business more profitable is essential, and Charlene brings that added value to Gotcha Covered HR.

When she isn’t working, Charlene enjoys yoga, volunteering and traveling. After being a professional West African dancer for 15 years she also enjoys the rich Arts and Cultural scene in New Orleans.