Dovetail is a woman-owned Cultural Resource Management firm headquartered in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The company was founded in 2005 by its principals, Kerri Barile '94 and Michael Carmody. Since that time, the company has grown to almost 50 staff members, including archaeologists, architectural historians, historians, historic preservation planners, Graphic Information System (GIS) specialists, and administrative professionals. Dovetail opened their Wilmington, Delaware office in 2013 and have completed historic preservation projects from New York to North Carolina. Their clients include local, state, and federal agencies, non-profit groups, and private companies.
One of the company’s core principles is to give back to the community through educational programs and charitable giving. Establishing a scholarship at UMW allows the company to achieve both goals. The company has brought on dozens of interns and graduates from the UMW Historic Preservation program, presented scores of lectures to UMW classes, and participated in many school events. They established an endowed scholarship to continue their support of UMW and the field of historic preservation.