The Virginia Governor’s Office today announced the hiring of alumni of Mary Washington-Kerry S. Barrell 94 of Fredericksburg and Lisa Erickson Henry 96 of Stafford County – at the UMW Visitors Council.
Barrell, who has nearly three decades of experience in history preservation, architectural history, historical research and archaeology, is the owner and president of the Dovetail Cultural Resource Group. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, the company is a small business owned by economically disadvantaged women and a non-disadvantaged business enterprise, dealing with conservation projects along the East Coast, from New York to North Carolina, and beyond.
Focusing on outreach, Dovetail has donated more than half a million dollars to charitable causes, including establishing a landmark conservation scholarship at UMW, where Barile received the Distinguished Alumni Award last year. In 2020, she won adventurous women Woman of the Year Award issued by the magazine and awarded the title of Woman of the Year by the Women’s Transport Symposium.
Barrell, who served nine years on the Architectural Review Board of Fredericksburg City Council, taught undergraduate courses in history preservation, conservation law, architectural history, and archaeology at UMW. Its free services include file editing Bulletin of the Delaware Archaeological Society And work on books on the history of the region, such as Fredericksburg: The Official Guide. She and her husband are also adopted by their adoptive parents in the Fredericksburg area.
Barrell holds a bachelor’s degree in historical preservation from Mary Washington, a master’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in museum management from the University of South Carolina, and a doctorate in archeology and architectural history from the University of Texas at Austin.
“I fell in love with Mary Washington the first time I visited campus in over 30 years. It was the only school I applied to, and my experience changed my life,” Barrell said. “I am very happy, and somewhat shocked, to be appointed a member of the Visitors Council. This is a dream come true!”
Henry, who has more than two decades of experience in healthcare marketing, 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 Association 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 volunteered her time, including serving on the board of directors of the Fairy Godmother Project, which helps families living with childhood cancer.
She holds a BA in English from Mary Washington, an MA in Health Administration from Penn State, and an MA in Marketing and Integrated Communication from West Virginia University.
“It is a great honor to receive the appointment of the Governor of Northham to the University of Mary Washington Visitors Council. “I am a first-generation college graduate and realize that my experience at UMW as an undergraduate is a framework for who I am today,” Henry said. “As a UMW graduate and resident of the Fredericksburg community, any opportunity to give back to the school that has helped shape my career, altruism, and service mindset is a welcome opportunity to ensure the same future for generations of students to come.”