ACRA Firm President Receives 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Award

02/19/2020 1:30 PM | ACRAsphere Blog Team

Kerri Barile, President of ACRA member firm Dovetail Cultural Resource Group and ACRA Conference Chair, has been selected by Enterprising Women magazine as one of their 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year. From the press release:

The Enterprising Women of the Year Award is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners. Recipients of the 2020 Awards include women entrepreneurs from across the United States and the world. Kerri was recognized based on the success and growth of Dovetail, but more importantly for her commitment to mentoring and supporting other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and her ardent support of community service both in professional and personal capacities. Kerri will be recognized and celebrated, along with other award winners, in March at the 18th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Dr. Kerri Barile co-founded her business, Dovetail Cultural Resource Group, in 2005. Dovetail is a historic preservation consulting firm with offices in Fredericksburg, Virginia and Wilmington, Delaware. Since its founding, her firm has grown from two people to a company of nearly 50 preservation professionals completing almost 1,000 projects throughout the eastern United States. They have helped scores of local/state/federal agencies and a myriad of companies achieve their cultural resource goals. They also work closely with individuals and non-profit groups to nominate buildings, objects and landscapes to the National Register of Historic Places, excavate significant archaeological sites, and create educational materials to share historical data with the public. Beyond completing technical studies, Dovetail is deeply vested in their community, donating over a quarter million dollars to charity, sponsoring thousands of volunteer and pro bono hours towards preservation projects, and establishing a scholarship in historic preservation at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.

Dr. Barile has almost 30 years of experience in the fields of historic preservation, architectural history, historic research, archaeology, and cultural resource management. She received her B.A. in Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia; an M.A. in Anthropology and a Master's Certificate in Museum Management from the University of South Carolina in Columbia; and a Ph.D. in Archaeology and Architectural History from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to business activities, Dr. Barile teaches university courses in historic preservation and preservation law, architectural history, and archaeology, and she is a volunteer on almost two dozen local, state, and national boards and committees. She is also a passionate mentor to young woman and girls in her community to pay it forward to future business leaders and entrepreneurs. On the home front, she is mom to two spoiled mini schnauzers and a precocious cat, and she is also a foster parent through the Fredericksburg Department of Social Services to help children in the Fredericksburg region.

Congratulations to Kerri! For more information about the 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration and Conference, visit

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