Staff


Company Principals

Kerri S. Barile, PhD, RPA
President/Principal Investigator

Dr. Barile has comprehensive professional experience in the fields of cultural resource management (CRM), archaeology, architectural history, and historic research. In addition to her 28 years of technical experience, she is an expert in cultural resource regulations and coordinating complex projects under various federal, state, and local legislation, including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Environmental Policy Act, Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act. Her work has included many multi-state projects involving scores of consulting parties and agencies, as well as the development of Programmatic Agreements and Memorandum of Agreements. She has also taught university courses in historic preservation and preservation law, architectural history, and archaeology and published numerous professional articles on her studies, including articles in Historical Archaeology, The Journal of Fredericksburg History, and several National Register of Historic Places nominations. Dr. Barile is also active in the community, serving on almost two dozen boards and commissions.

Michael L. Carmody, MA, RPA
Vice President/Principal Investigator

Mr. Carmody has considerable experience in the field of archaeology and cultural resource management with a focus on archaeology in the transportation and energy sectors within recent years. He has directed excavations of a wide array of archaeological sites in Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and has written and contributed extensively to CRM reports. His current responsibilities at Dovetail include managerial and technical tasks associated with archaeological assessments and Phase I, II and III excavations, and consultation with and representation of clients before state and national review agencies. His knowledge of various federal, state, and local preservation regulations, as well as his vast experience working with tribal consultation, has greatly aided a host of preservation and development initiatives. Outside of Dovetail, Mr. Carmody is very active in the community, serving on the board of Fredericksburg Main Street and coaching local youth sports teams.


Project Staff Management Staff

Joseph Blondino
Field Director-Archaeology

Mr. Blondino’s substantial experience in archaeology in the Mid-Atlantic region includes academia and cultural resource management. His experience ranges from survey and site identification to data recovery excavation on archaeological sites in Virginia, North Carolina, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and eastern Pennsylvania. Although his primary academic training is as an archaeologist, he has extensive training in geology, geomorphology, and soil science. Joe’s work had been published in regional journals as well as in edited volumes on Middle Atlantic archaeology.

Varna Boyd, MA, RPA
Senior Project Manager

Ms. Boyd has extensive experience in the design, technical execution, and management of historical and archaeological investigations. She has managed a wide range of cultural resource management compliance projects for federal, state, and municipal government and private sector clients throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Her project and agency coordination experience spans the United States, with a notable focus on compliance projects along the east coast. She has received specialized training in the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and the National Environmental Policy Act and has worked successfully with State Historic Preservation Offices to develop work plans and agreement documents including Memoranda of Agreement and Programmatic Agreements. Beyond project management and technical services, Ms. Boyd has led the creation of award-winning public outreach and educational programs.

Melissa Butler, MHP
Field Director-Architectural History

Ms. Butler’s experience includes knowledge of a variety of historic resources across time periods, from 1798 direct tax inventories to 1960s ranch houses. She has worked on reconnaissance- and intensive-level projects from New Jersey to North Carolina and is trained in many aspects of historic preservation including photodocumentation, research, and architectural analysis. In addition, Ms. Butler is an accomplished oral historian, performing interviews with dozens of notable figures to render a personal connection to the recent past.

Kerry S. González, MA, RPA
Lab Manager/Project Archaeologist II

Ms. González has tremendous professional experience in the field of archaeology and collections management. As lab director, Ms. González manages the laboratory and assures quality control over the entire laboratory process including detailed artifact identification and analysis, coordinating with project managers on deadlines, and preparing collections for final curation. As Project Archaeologist she directs projects ranging from Phase I surveys to Phase III on a variety of sites. Ms. González is chair of the Society for Historical Archaeology Curation and Collections Management committee as well as a member of the Archaeological Collections Consortium. She also sits on a number of other committees related to collections management. She has several publications, including contributions in Northeast Historical Archaeology and New Life for Archaeological Collections, and she often presents new research at national and regional professional conferences.

D. Brad Hatch, PhD, RPA
Archaeological Division Manager

Dr. Hatch has a wealth of experience in the field of archaeology working in private, public, and academic settings. His responsibilities at Dovetail include the oversight of the archaeology division, staffing, scheduling, developing and managing budgets and scopes, coordination with clients and agencies, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of archaeological sites and the production of reports for all phases of archaeological investigations. Dr. Hatch’s technical experience includes archaeological investigations in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, and Tennessee on sites ranging in date from the Late Archaic period through the twentieth century. His areas of expertise include the material culture of the colonial period, artifact analysis, and the seventeenth century Atlantic World. He has several publications, including articles in Historical Archaeology, Northeast Historical Archaeology, the Journal of Middle Atlantic Archaeology, and the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Magazine, and he regularly presents new research at national and regional professional conferences.

Alison Hodges, MS
Field Director

Ms. Hodges’ archaeological experience is extensive and varied. She has worked on all phases of archaeological study in Virginia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Illinois, among other states. In addition to field studies, she has analyzed artifact collections from sites ranging from Early Mississippian period mounds in the Tennessee River Valley to Colonial-era homesteads in El Salvador. Prior to coming to Dovetail, she was an archaeologist for Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Her work at Dovetail includes archaeological field studies, site analysis, and report production.

 

Bill Liebeknecht, MA, RPA
Project Archaeologist II

Mr. Liebeknecht’s abundant experience includes writing and implementing CRM research designs. He has worked on CRM projects in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania and has directed numerous archaeological surveys and excavations on prehistoric and historic sites, with a focus on the material culture of the Middle Atlantic Region. At Dovetail, Mr. Liebeknecht also assists in marketing and business development in addition to his primary role as an archaeologist, conducting excavations and authoring reports for all phases of excavations. He has authored numerous articles in the Archaeological Society of New Jersey Bulletin, Occasional Publications in Northeastern Anthropology, the Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Delaware, Pennsylvania Archaeologist, the Trenton Potteries, Newsletter of the Potteries of Trenton Society, the Victorian Ceramics Group Newsletter and Ceramics in America. He also authored chapters in regional books on historic archaeology.

Kevin McCloskey
Field Director-Archaeology

Mr. McCloskey’s has immense professional experience in the field of archaeology, particularly in the cultural resource management field. He has had the opportunity to work on and lead Phase I, II and III archaeological projects, in a wide range of geographic and archaeological settings at archaeological sites in Virginia, North Carolina, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He has also authored papers for presentation at the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference.

Adriana Moss
Architectural Historian

Ms. Moss has considerable experience in many preservation-related fields including architectural history, archaeology, and historic research. Prior to joining the architectural history staff at Dovetail, Ms. Moss served as the archaeology lab assistant. Her vast knowledge in both above- and below-ground resources make her a great addition to the architectural history staff. She has led and produced reports for several reconnaissance and intensive architectural surveys and archival research projects across the Mid Atlantic and contributes to proposal development. She is currently a member of the City of Fredericksburg’s Architectural Review Board and volunteers for local preservation organizations.

Danae Peckler, MHP
Architectural Historian

Ms. Peckler has extensive professional experience in the field of historic preservation working in the private, public, and academic sectors. Her Dovetail responsibilities include managerial and technical tasks associated with historic cultural resource investigations and historic tax credit applications, archival research, contextual analysis, and architectural documentation of historic properties across the Mid-Atlantic. Mrs. Peckler has used her knowledge to complete projects throughout Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Barn Alliance, the Victorian Society in America’s Summer Schools Selection Committee, and locally for the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.

Jonas Schnur
Crew Chief

Mr. Schnur has been working in CRM since 2013. During that time he has had the opportunity to work on and help lead scores of Phase I, II, and III archaeological projects. Mr. Schnur has worked in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, North Carolina, Illinois, and Missouri. His projects have ranged from small reconnaissance evaluations to studies of hundreds of acres to identify and evaluate archaeological resources.

Heather D. Staton, MHP
Architectural History Division Manager

Ms. Staton’s professional experience in the fields of historic research, architectural history, and cultural resource management has provided her the opportunity to work in a wide range of geographic locations including Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Delaware, New Jersey, and Kentucky. She is key author on several cultural resource reports and while at Dovetail has led several reconnaissance and intensive architectural surveys, archival research projects, and National Register of Historic Places nominations. In addition to performing technical tasks and leading the architectural history division, her responsibilities include client and agency consultation, preparation of proposals, and project and budget management.

Mical Tawney, MA
Field Director-Architectural History

Ms. Tawney has extensive experience in completing reconnaissance and intensive architectural surveys. She has a strong familiarity with documenting and photographing buildings, as well as extensive experience completing archival and historic research through the use of primary and secondary resources. Her studies at the University of Virginia focused on early American art and architectural history; her thesis centered on Charles Willson Peale’s Philadelphia Museum. In addition to her experience conducting research, Ms. Tawney has several years of museum experience, and she has a working knowledge of Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and InDesign.

 

Katherine Watts, MA
Field Director-Architectural History

Ms. Watts has varied archival and historic research experience, including working with deeds, plats, and wills, ranging from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. She has completed reconnaissance and intensive architectural surveys in several states on the east coast, including Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, and South Carolina. In addition to her extensive familiarity with conducting in-depth research and writing National Register of Historic Places nominations and tax credit applications, Ms. Watts brings a knowledge of enhanced technologies, such as 3D laser scanning, ground-penetrating radar, and photogrammetry, to Dovetail.


Production, GIS, and Graphics Staff

Emily Calhoun, MA, RPA
Production Manager

Ms. Calhoun’s professional experience in the field of archaeology includes working in a wide range of geographic and archaeological settings at sites in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Dakota, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Colorado. She serves as Dovetail’s Production Manager and is responsible for assuring that reports, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) products, and other written media meet internal and external quality control procedures. She has edited hundreds of CRM reports in her role at Dovetail and has successfully completed a variety of technical editing-based professional development courses and seminars.

Tyler LaMantia, MS
GIS Technician/Crew Chief

Mr. LaMantia has extensive knowledge in GIS, especially in Esri products and Open Source GIS products. These products are both web and desktop based and include ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, Mapbox, QGIS and ArcMap. His Geography Master’s thesis investigated the mapping of interior spaces integrating CAD/GIS into a Building Information Model. He also holds a graduate certificate in GIS and a BA in Anthropology. His archaeological experience includes working on Phase I, II, and III projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

Curtis McCoy, MS, RPA
GIS Manager/Project Archaeologist I

Mr. McCoy’s comprehensive professional experience in the fields of GIS, Adobe products, Archaeology, and Geomorphology has given him the opportunity to work in a wide range of geographic and demographic settings in both Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, and Peru. In addition to his GIS expertise, he also serves as a Project Archaeologist, helping to run a myriad of archaeological projects throughout the mid-Atlantic area. Mr. McCoy also currently serves as the President of the Archaeological Society of Delaware.


Administrative Staff

Nicki Sauvageau, MA, MBA
Operations Manager

In addition to a background in operations management, Ms. Sauvageau has considerable professional experience in archaeology and cultural resource management, having performed and supervised all phases of archaeological fieldwork throughout the United States, including authoring and coauthoring numerous cultural resource management reports. Her responsibilities at Dovetail include day-to-day management of company operations, including HR administration, hiring, finance and accounting, and business planning. Outside of Dovetail, Nicki serves as the Treasurer of the American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA) and co-chairs ACRA’s Metrics and Standards Committee.

Alina D’Isidoro
Financial Assistant

As Dovetail’s financial assistant, Ms. D’Isidoro is the key personnel for the preparation of invoices and performing many other financial tasks. She has worked with billing for Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, and Delaware, among others, as well as a variety of individual clients. Ms. D’Isidoro has experience in office management and in the field as a project coordinator. Additional duties include human resources, account reconciliation, State and Federal certifications and registration, and management of day to day operations.