Our People

  • Ryan McDonnell
    Ryan McDonnell
    Co-Founder / Co-Owner
  • Mathew Roth
    Mathew Roth
    Co-Founder / Co-Owner
  • Rob Ticktin
    Rob Ticktin
    Principal
  • Chris Palenscar
    Chris Palenscar
    Vice President of Operations
  • Jessica Chabot
    Jessica Chabot
    Design Director
  • Lauren Passaretti
    Lauren Passaretti
    Design Associate / Internal Relations
  • Mark Mulhern
    Mark Mulhern
    Project Manager
  • Chris Ziegler
    Chris Ziegler
    Vice President of Home Management
Ryan McDonnell
Co-Founder / Co-Owner

Telephone: (617) 212-2488

Email: rmcdonnell@hawthornre.com

 

As a co-founder and owner of Hawthorn Builders, Ryan McDonnell brings over twenty years of project management and client service experience. Since the inception of Hawthorn Real Estate, Ryan has managed all aspects of residential real estate projects including custom new construction, complex additions and renovations, listing and buyer agency as well as providing consulting and valuation services.  Ryan brings a career in client service and an analytical and financial approach to real estate sales and development. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management at Boston College and is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, the Greater Boston Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Additionally, Ryan is a licensed construction supervisor and a home improvement contractor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mathew Roth
Co-Founder / Co-Owner

Telephone: (617) 905-9651

Email: mroth@hawthornre.com

 

Mathew Roth, a co-founder and owner of Hawthorn Builders, has been in the real estate business for over 20 years working for financial institutions and real estate development companies. Formerly, Mat was a successful real estate investment sales broker with Marcus & Millichap in New York. Mat holds a MS degree in Real Estate from New York University. His degree focused on investment and development of residential and commercial real estate. Mat received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester where he majored in Economics. While at Rochester, Mat also received a Certificate of Business Management from the William E. Simon School of Business. Mat’s credentials also include: a Massachusetts Real Estate Broker license, a New York Real Estate Salesperson license and Series 7, 63 and 55 licenses. Mat is also a licensed construction supervisor and a home improvement contractor.

Rob Ticktin
Principal

Telephone: (617) 840-3463

Email: rticktin@hawthornre.com

 

In 2004, while pursuing his MBA at Bentley University, Rob Ticktin made his first foray into the world of real estate investing with the purchase of a Somerville 3-family. Six months, and three renovated condos later, Rob’s career in real estate development was underway. Since taking that fateful plunge, Rob has overseen the renovation and development of more than 50 condominiums and single family homes in Boston, Cambridge, Needham and of course, Somerville. Rob is licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a construction supervisor, home improvement contractor and Real Estate Broker.  He also holds a Senior Real Estate Specialist designation with the National Association of Realtors.  Rob can be seen on the Needham Channel where he co-hosts “What’s My House Worth?” A former Sports Anchor for CNN Headline News, Rob enjoys the opportunity to get back in front of the camera, albeit for a slightly smaller audience.

Chris Palenscar
Vice President of Operations

Telephone: (978) 979-7397

Email: cpalenscar@hawthornre.com

 

Chris started out in the construction field in 1998.  He is well versed in the construction process from frame to finish, specializing in interior finish work, and custom built-ins.  In 2004, Chris worked as a lead carpenter for a design/build company in Newburyport, MA.  From there, he started his own company and had the opportunity to strengthen his knowledge around the financial aspects of the building process.   It was during this time that Chris connected with Hawthorn Builders as part of the finish team specializing in custom built-ins. 

Chris has been a part of the Hawthorn team since 2013.  Initially he managed the addition and remodeling projects until he transitioned into the role of Vice President of Operations, running the day to day operations of the construction company.  Chris oversees both new construction and renovation projects, and is responsible for all aspects of the projects including budget management and client relations.

Jessica Chabot
Design Director

Telephone: 857-928-5162

Email: jchabot@hawthornre.com

 

Jessica Chabot joined Hawthorn Builders as the principal Design Director in 2012. Her responsibilities for Hawthorn incorporate all aspects of her more than 15 years experience in Engineering, Architecture, Interior Design, Project Management and Specialty Design.  Jessica’s engagements have involved space planning, preliminary house design, and exterior details.  Additionally, Jessica works with clients on interior specifications such as tile, lighting, cabinetry, millwork, paint colors, window treatments, and furniture.

Jessica is a certified Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. She received her Degree in Interior Design and Kitchen/Bath Design from the Boston Architectural College. In addition, Jessica is a multiple award winning designer having received the award for Best Sustainable Kitchen in the 2010 NKBA Design Competition, 2nd place in the Small Kitchen Category in the 2009 NKBA Design competition and is the 2016 IFDA winner of Best Kitchen Design and Best Bath Design.

She has been published in numerous regional and national publications, most notably as a guest expert in New England Home Magazine, a design feature in the Boston Globe, and was recently nominated for the New England Home Design Hall of Fame. She is also considered an expert on Green and Sustainable kitchen and bath design.

Lauren Passaretti
Design Associate / Internal Relations

Telephone: (508) 314-5919

Email: lpassaretti@Hawthornre.com

 

Lauren joined the Hawthorn Team in October 2012 as the office manager.  Since coming on board, she has expanded her role, and is now the Design Associate.  Some of Lauren’s responsibilities include working with clients to create a cohesive lighting plan, designing master closets and other areas of organizational needs, tile drawings and layout, and general oversight as needed by the Design Director.  Having graduated from Framingham State College in 2007, Lauren has increased her design knowledge by taking multiple adult education courses in both CAD and Interior Design.  Currently she is working on fulfilling additional courses through the National Kitchen and Bath Association. 

Mark Mulhern
Project Manager

Telephone: 617-797-7724 

Email: mmulhern@hawthornre.com

 

Mark Mulhern joined Hawthorn Builders in the summer of 2016.  He comes to Hawthorn with an abundance of knowledge from various areas of construction including heavy civil and residential building.  Prior to joining Hawthorn, Mark worked as a manager in the fields of disaster restoration and landscaping. Additionally, he is a licensed real estate salesperson who has been practicing real estate in the greater Boston area since 2012.  Mark graduated from Providence College with a degree in Business Management.

Chris Ziegler
Vice President of Home Management

Telephone: (516) 314-7648

Email: cziegler@hawthornre.com

 

Chris has over 7 years’ experience working on high end residential homes and estates. Prior to joining Hawthorn, Chris was an estate manager who oversaw several large privately owned properties in the NY and MA areas. He is well versed in the design/build processes and the construction field. He has been the project coordinator and manager for multiple home renovations, custom builds, and remodels. An excellent problem solver who is skilled in several trades, Chris has exposure in a multitude of different fields ranging from construction to property management. Chris was part of a team that built homes in Saratoga Springs, NY which were featured in magazines such as Town and Country. He is a graduate of the Boston University Metropolitan College and has earned his Master’s Degree in Project Management. During his down time Chris enjoys golf, surfing, and skiing.