President’s Message

A Note From Our President, Kerri Barile

June, 2024

Eighteen years, 10 months, and 29 days…. Not that we’re counting, but Mike Carmody and I have been small business owners for almost 19 years. Dovetail was born on June 2, 2005, out of a desire to start a CRM company where treatment of staff, sound science, and customer service were paramount. With incredible enthusiasm, a lot of hard work, and a little luck, our business venture grew from a staff of two to over 40 professionals, and our portfolio expanded to cover more than 1,500 projects in a dozen states.  The ownership team expanded in 2021 when Nicki Combs joined the team, bringing her extensive business operations knowledge to our circle.

We are extraordinarily proud of what we built. Over the past few years, though, we’ve realized that the hardest work isn’t the day-to-day operations but learning from our experiences and recognizing that progress sometimes involves hard decisions. So, in the immortal words of George Washington in Hamilton, we realize that it is time to “teach ‘em how to say goodbye.” No, we’re not actually leaving, but we need to say goodbye to the old Dovetail; a big change is needed to offer our staff, our clients, and our partnering agencies more than we can provide alone. With this, Mike, Nicki, and I are thrilled to announce that on May 1, 2024, Dovetail became part of the Mead & Hunt family. We have worked with Mead & Hunt for many years as a client and colleague, and their stewardship will bring Dovetail into a new era. They share our values of staff- and customer-first service with great technical studies to boot, and we know that what we built as Dovetail will become even stronger as part of Mead & Hunt.

So we’re not actually saying goodbye, but more “welcome to our new chapter.” Mike, Nicki, and I, as well as our incredible staff, are still here to help you achieve all of your preservation goals—we just have more support than ever to make that happen. We are so thankful to the Mead & Hunt gang for making us part of the team. Here’s to another successful 18 years, 10 months, and 29 days!

If you want to chat about our new adventure, try out my new email address: [email protected].

Let’s talk soon!

Kerri Barile Tambs

July, 2023

A snippet of Dovetail’s original 2005 webpage. We’ve come so far!

A snippet of Dovetail’s original 2005 webpage. We’ve come so far!

A new year and a new look! Welcome to our exciting new webpage. Over the past 18 years, the Dovetail webpage has evolved with the company. From our homegrown efforts on our own PC in 2005 to this beautiful new presentation, our webpage is a reflection of who we have become. We hope you enjoy reading about just a few of our over 1,300 projects we’ve completed, seeing our areas of service, and learning how you can join our team. Most importantly, we are so proud to highlight our incredible staff through new photos and bios. We would be nothing without their achievements and hard work.

Thank you especially to Simpatico Design Studio in Fredericksburg, Virginia for this amazing redesign. Based on work commenced by former Dovetailer Stephanie Grooms, they have created an incredible media suite that really showcases the company as a whole. We are honored to partner with this local small business and deeply appreciate their wisdom…and patience.

We are looking forward to seeing what 2023 has to bring! If you have any questions on the company or the CRM process, please reach out (540-899-9170/[email protected]).

Enjoy our new virtual home,

Kerri Barile, President

March, 2021

Dovetail Archaeologists Excavating in Masks During COVID.

I cannot believe how much change a year and a half can bring. Since writing my last President’s Message, we’ve gotten a new administration, a pandemic has brought our country to a halt, and business protocols as we knew them are gone. Like many small businesses, the spread of the Coronavirus last spring brought extreme uncertainty to Dovetail: How do we transition to a virtual office? Would our clients halt projects? How do we support our staff during this time? And, how would COVID restrictions affect our work? But like everyone, we’ve adapted to our new world. Meetings are virtual, staff is mostly working from home, and project travel has been completely modified to make safety our number one priority.

During this tumultuous time, we want to express an extraordinary amount of gratitude to our staff and our clients for working through complex issues. All of our activities have required patience, creativity, hard work, diligence…and have we mentioned patience? We have kept our doors open and our gears turning due to the incredible efforts of many people. We hope that our industry returns to normal in the coming months, but until then, we will continue to do what is best for our staff and our clients to keep folks working, get projects done, and be as safe as we can.

If you want to chat more about our current protocols or to hear about our projects, feel free to give me a call at 540-899-9170 or email me at [email protected].

Hope to see everyone soon….in person!

Kerri S. Barile, President

March, 2019

Kerri Barile, owner of Dovetail at Market Square in Fredericksburg, Thursday March 14, 2019. (Photo by Norm Shafer).

When Dovetail opened its doors in June 2005, our goals were to conduct exemplary historic preservation services, treat our staff well, and provide our clients with incredible service through excellent communication and project diligence. We also recognized that one of the most important things we could offer our clients was access to disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) credits as a woman-owned company. Over the years, we have become DBE certified in nine states through various transportation agencies (from north to south): New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. We are also certified with numerous independent agencies including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Amtrak, and more (see our Certifications tab for a full roster).

We are beyond thrilled to announce that Dovetail was recently approved as a Federally certified Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) through the Small Business Administration. This new certification will provide additional benefits to our clients who perform work at the federal level. Whether it is seeking archaeological services, creating historic preservation plans, or working with a State Historic Preservation Office or the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, let Dovetail help meet your preservation needs.

We will continue to seek opportunities to create new ways to help our clients as we grow. Please give us a call at 540-899-9170 or email me ([email protected]) if you want to hear more about our certifications or our services. We’d love to be part of your project!

Until next time,

Kerri S. Barile, President


June, 2018

If you can believe it (and sometimes I can’t!), Dovetail became a teenager in June 2018—we turned 13! Over the years, we have been extraordinarily fortunate to have worked with some amazing people. Our staff makes us proud every day, and our clients bring us to exciting places and offer new challenges. The agencies we work with enrich our knowledge of significant resources.

One of our most exciting achievements over the past year? We have moved both our Fredericksburg headquarters and our Wilmington office to larger, beautiful spaces to help our staff thrive and serve our clientele.

After being in our Fredericksburg office for more than a decade, we recently moved into a capacious, stunning modern workspace. The new office at 11905 Bowman Drive (Suite 502) has a large conference room, full lab, numerous staff offices, and a really unique atrium with a library and communal work space (although some would have preferred a basketball hoop!).

Our Wilmington office, now at 721 Philadelphia Pike, doubled our size to accommodate our growing northern market. The new office has a conference room, work spaces galore, and an incredible reference library. We invite you to stop by our offices to say hello and see our new digs!

Call (540-899-9170) or email ([email protected]) if you need any information.

Kerri S. Barile, President


October, 2017

Over the past 12 years, Dovetail has grown from a two-person shop to a thriving business with almost 50 staff members and multiple offices….and we continue to expand! Not only am I exceedingly proud of our staff and our growth, but I am thrilled that we have kept our founding principles throughout our journey:

  • Excellent customer service (something I learned from a decade in the food industry!)
  • Production of exemplary scholarship
  • Treatment of staff as respected colleagues
  • Understanding that preservation and progress are not mutually exclusive

Our market has expanded to cover 10 states, from New York to North Carolina, and our suite of services continues to grow to meet our client’s needs. We have become active members of the American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA) to support our industry across the nation, and we have built great relationships with some spectacular firms and agencies. These activities have made our company stronger. Most importantly, we have embraced the importance of giving back to our community, and we encourage volunteerism through pro bono projects, our staff community outreach program, and charitable donations. It is our honor to be an active participant in both preservation and social non-profit programs throughout our service regions.

Please feel free to give me a call (540-899-9170) or send me an email ([email protected]) if you would like to hear more about our services, our programs, or our staff. I’m always happy to chat “Dovetail”!

Warm regards,
Kerri S. Barile, President


December, 2015

The end of the year is always a time for reflection. That’s why many of us make those ubiquitous New Year resolutions—to celebrate successes and recognize disappointments, note all we have accomplished and set goals for the year to come. Over the past few months, Mike and I have been musing on Dovetail’s 2015 and what 2016 may bring. Our biggest success story? Our staff! We could not be more thankful for our immensely talented team and their achievements over the past year. We saw several key staff members take on notable tasks and brought on exceptional new Dovetailers from across the country, allowing us to expand our service sectors into several new regions.

We are also extraordinarily lucky to have the opportunity to work in such a supportive industry with incredible clients. This year, we had the honor of receiving a 2015 American Council of Engineering Companies award for our participation in the McIntire Road project in Charlottesville, Virginia and were Sponsors of the Year for the Women in Transportation organization. Oh, and we celebrated our 10th year in business. All in all? A pretty incredible year if we do say so ourselves! But 2016 is framing out to be an event better one. In 2016, we resolve:

  • To continue excellent customer service through constant communication, great research, and creative solutions to cultural resource compliance
  • To always remember that our employees are our colleagues and help them to become the next generation of leaders in our field
  • To encourage staff and clients to share project results through presentations and publications to assure that the public benefits from our exciting findings
  • To continue to work in our community through volunteerism, pro bono projects, and charitable donations to give back to the areas that have given so much to us

Thanks to everyone who has made 2015 another incredible year! We’re really looking forward to seeing what 2016 will bring. And if you ever want to learn more about Dovetail, please feel free to reach out to us ([email protected]). We would love to hear from you….

Thanks for reading!

Warm regards,
Kerri S. Barile, President


February, 2014

I cannot believe it has been almost nine years since Dovetail opened our doors! What started out as a venture between two—my business partner, Mike Carmody, and me—has grown to an operation comprising over 30 staff in two offices. And I could not possibly be more proud about who we have become and the work we have accomplished. Through the diligent research and hard work of our team, we have had the opportunity to work on hundreds of interesting projects throughout the entire mid-Atlantic area. Ranging from cell tower compliance projects and small development initiatives to multi-state transportation corridor surveys and in-depth resource studies, we have helped our clients achieve cultural resource compliance on projects small to large, all the while having a great time at work and making some terrific friends along the way!

We are so very thankful for what the past decade has brought, and we look forward to what comes next. Please feel free to give me a call (540-899-9170) or send me an email ([email protected]) if you would like to hear more about our services, how we can help your projects, and having you join our network of friends and colleagues.

Thanks for visiting!
Kerri S. Barile, President