The Virginia Governor’s Office announced today the appointment of two Mary Washington alumnae – Kerri S. Barile ’94 of Fredericksburg and Lisa Errickson Henry ’96 of Stafford County – to UMW’s Board of Visitors.
Barile, who holds nearly three decades of experience in historic preservation, architectural history, historic research and archaeology, is the owner and president of Dovetail Cultural Resource Group. Based in Fredericksburg, the company is a certified Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, handling preservation projects along the East Coast, from New York to North Carolina, and beyond.
Focused on outreach, Dovetail has donated more than half a million dollars to charitable causes, including the establishment of a historic preservation scholarship at UMW, where Barile received last year’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 2020, she won Enterprising Women magazine’s Enterprising Woman of the Year Award and was named Woman of the Year by the Women’s Transportation Seminar.
Barile, who served nine years on Fredericksburg City Council’s Architectural Review Board, has taught university courses in historic preservation, preservation law, architectural history, and archaeology at UMW. Her pro bono services include editing the Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Delaware and working on books on area history, like Fredericksburg: The Official Guide. She and her husband are also certified Fredericksburg-area foster parents.
Barile earned a bachelor’s degree in historic preservation at Mary Washington, a master’s degree in anthropology and a master’s certificate in museum management from the University of South Carolina, and a doctorate in archaeology and architectural history from the University of Texas at Austin.
“I fell in love with Mary Washington the first time I visited the campus over 30 years ago. It was the only school I applied to, and my experience changed my life,” Barile said. “I’m utterly thrilled, and a bit shocked, to have been named a member of the Board of Visitors. This is a dream come true!”
Henry, who has more than two decades of healthcare marketing experience, is associate vice president of communications and marketing at Mary Washington Healthcare. Throughout her career, she has worked in strategic marketing, system branding, public relations, crisis communications, web and emerging media, call center development, corporate and community outreach, and complementary medicine practice management.
Henry recently completed two consecutive terms on the national board of directors of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association. She has presented to national, state, regional and local organizations on a variety of topics, and volunteers her time, including serving on the board of the Fairy Godmother Project, which helps families living with pediatric cancer.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Mary Washington, a master’s in health administration from Penn State, and a master’s in integrated marketing and communication from West Virginia University.
“It’s an honor to receive Gov. Northam’s appointment to the University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors. I’m a first-generation college graduate and recognize that my experiences at UMW as an undergraduate student are the framework of who I am today,” Henry said. “As an alumnus of UMW and resident of the Fredericksburg community, any chance to give back to the school that helped shape my professional career, altruistic spirit and service mindset is a welcome opportunity to ensure that same future for generations of students to come.”