Our People

  • Ryan McDonnell
    Ryan McDonnell
    Owner
  • Mathew Roth
    Mathew Roth
    Owner
  • Rob Ticktin
    Rob Ticktin
    Principal
  • Chris Palenscar
    Chris Palenscar
    Vice President of Operations
  • Jessica Chabot
    Jessica Chabot
    VP Business Development and Design
  • Lauren Passaretti
    Lauren Passaretti
    Senior Design Associate
  • Mark Mulhern
    Mark Mulhern
    Senior Project Manager
  • Adam Reardon
    Adam Reardon
    Home Management
  • Ciaran Collins
    Ciaran Collins
    Accounting Manager
  • Amie Hazel
    Amie Hazel
    Senior Design Associate
  • Paul Lord
    Paul Lord
    Project Manager
  • Dean Cerullo
    Dean Cerullo
    Senior Project Manager
  • David Pillarella
    David Pillarella
    Senior Project Manager
  • Nick DeGennaro
    Nick DeGennaro
    Site Foreman
Ryan McDonnell
Owner

 

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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
Owner

 

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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

 

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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

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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
VP Business Development and Design

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Jessica Chabot joined Hawthorn Builders as the VP of Business Development & Design 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 extensive experience makes her especially well suited to make sure our clients needs are being taken care of. She also works to build new relationships with our industry partners.

Jessica received her Degree in Decorative Arts 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, the New England Home Kitchen and Bath issue 2018 and a design feature in the Boston Globe.

Lauren Passaretti
Senior Design Associate

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Lauren joined the Hawthorn Team in October 2012. She graduated from Framingham State College in 2007 with a Bachelor Degree in English and has taken multiple formal Design Education courses at Mass Bay, Wellesley. She has over 5 years of hands-on experience in Interior Design and Design project management at Hawthorn Builders, with responsibilities that include: client collaboration for lighting and electrical, plumbing, custom millwork, tile, AutoCad drawings, and all finish design work.  

Mark Mulhern
Senior Project Manager

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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.

Adam Reardon
Home Management

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Adam Reardon joined Hawthorn in September of 2017 and is the leader of our Home Management division. Adam worked as a Glazier for 10 years before getting a job as a Facilities Mechanic at Emmanuel College in Boston. While working at Emmanuel, Adam became familiar with a wide variety of building trades. He graduated with a BSBA from Emmanuel in 2014 and holds a Construction Supervisor License.

Ciaran Collins
Accounting Manager

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Ciaran gained early industry experience through the late 90s and early 2000s with a career dealing in sale and progression of investment property across Florida, Cyprus, Spain and the United Kingdom. 

With a firm background in finance, Ciaran transitioned into corporate construction in 2008 managing construction finances and logistics on high profile projects such as the London headquarters of UBS, PWC, Goldman Sachs, Skype, and Microsoft.

Having relocated to the United States in 2016, Ciaran has been expanding his knowledge of the construction industry this side of the Atlantic.

Amie Hazel
Senior Design Associate

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Amie Hazel joined Hawthorn Builders in June of 2019. She graduated from The Art Institute in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design. Her background specializes in residential design and project management with over 10 years of experience. She approaches each project with individualized attention where the focus is always on her client. Her responsibilities include creating AutoCad drawings, custom millwork elevations, and custom tile layouts, as well as collaborating with clients to select and coordinate finishes, lighting, plumbing fixtures, and all other aspects of design.

Paul Lord
Project Manager

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Paul comes from a diverse background.  He started his career in high level tech sales, but always had a passion in construction and real estate.   He eventually changed his career path and started managing projects in landscape, custom pool design and home renovations.   Paul has degree in management from Endicott College where he captained the lacrosse team.

Dean Cerullo
Senior Project Manager

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Dean Cerullo joined Hawthorn in March of 2019 and is one of our Project Managers. Dean started his construction career in 1986 as an apprentice with the New England Regional Council of Carpenters and graduated to Journeyman status in 1990.  He is an accomplished professional with over 30+ years of construction experience managing commercial and residential renovation projects throughout New England. He has vast knowledge in building codes and construction terms.  He has obtained OSHA certifications and holds an unrestricted construction supervisor license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

David Pillarella
Senior Project Manager

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David Pillarella started with Hawthorn in March 2019 as a Project Manager. David has more than 30 years of experience in residential construction. Over his career he has worked on projects ranging from small-scale home remodels to custom high end houses.  David enjoys the connections he builds with homeowners and strives to make every job a success. In his spare time David enjoys spending time with his family, playing paintball, and working on restoring his own antique home.

Nick DeGennaro
Site Foreman

Nick DeGennaro started with Hawthorn in Spring of 2018.