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
  • Amie Hazel
    Amie Hazel
    Senior Design Associate
  • Erin Raycroft
    Erin Raycroft
    Design Coordinator
  • Maarten Bray
    Maarten Bray
    Senior Project Manager
  • Mark Mulhern
    Mark Mulhern
    Senior Project Manager
  • David Pillarella
    David Pillarella
    Senior Project Manager
  • Ted Parker
    Ted Parker
    Site Supervisor
  • Adam Reardon
    Adam Reardon
    VP of Home Management
  • Sean Tully
    Sean Tully
    Site Supervisor
  • John Connors
    John Connors
    Production Manager
  • Colin McCrann
    Colin McCrann
    Site Supervisor
  • Conor Mitchell
    Conor Mitchell
    Assistant Project Manager
  • Dana Warren
    Dana Warren
    Marketing / Design
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 co-founding Hawthorn, Ryan has managed all aspects of residential construction projects including custom new construction, complex additions and renovations as well as provided consulting and valuation services to a wide variety of clients. At Hawthorn Builders, Ryan’s primary function is to oversee the company’s operations which includes managing relationships with current and former clients, working with the operations and design teams on active projects, and acting as the company’s chief financial officer.

Ryan brings a career in client service and an analytical and financial approach to real estate 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 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 development business for over 20 years. At Hawthorn, Mat has overseen, managed and assisted on the construction of over 150 residential construction projects. More recently, Mat has driven the sales and business development function at the company.

Mat holds a construction supervisor and home improvement contractor license, as well as a MS degree in Real Estate from New York University. His degree focused on the 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.

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.

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.

Erin Raycroft
Design Coordinator

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Erin Raycroft joined Hawthorn Builders after completing her internship with HB in May 2019.  She graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Communications followed by a Certificate of Interior Design.  She is detailed oriented, has a highly refined design sense and the ability to multi-task.  She credits her time living in Europe and Sweden with greatly shaping her perspective on architecture and design. Her responsibilities include assisting the design and operations team in managing projects in order to increase productivity and meet the expectations of our clients.

Maarten Bray
Senior Project Manager

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Maarten started with Hawthorn in September of 2020 as a Senior Project Manager. Maarten has over 28 years of experience in building custom luxury homes as well as high end renovations and commercial projects. He enjoys working with homeowners and building lasting relationships.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family and dogs.

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.

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.

Ted Parker
Site Supervisor

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Ted joined Hawthorn in July of 2020. Before Hawthorn, Ted worked for 19 years remodeling homes in Weston and Wayland. He holds an unrestricted construction supervisor license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Ted graduated Saint Michaels College with a degree in Business Administration.

Adam Reardon
VP of 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.

Sean Tully
Site Supervisor

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Sean joined Hawthorn Builders in October 2019. With 20 years experience in both residential and commercial construction he has been involved with all phases. Over his career he has gained the experience and knowledge to do anything from framing to the most intricate finish detail. Sean appreciates the new people he meets and the relationships started by being involved throughout the construction process.

John Connors
Production Manager

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John Connors joined Hawthorn in August of 2020 as a Production Manager. For three years, John worked in the commercial construction industry as an Estimator and Project Engineer.  He operated pre-construction projects ranging from Hospital renovations, to Needham’s own Public Safety Building, to Massachusetts High Schools and commercial residential developments where he worked with cost consultants, Town Building Departments and saw projects through from design to completion. Prior to Hawthorn, he worked alongside a team to complete a renovation of Northeastern’s Snell Library and Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, where he led the pre-construction efforts in building the budget and securing subcontractors, ensuring clarity on the scope of work and project expectations.  John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil / Structural Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

 

Colin McCrann
Site Supervisor

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Colin joined Hawthorn in May 2021.  He has experience with both framing and high-end finish work on custom homes in the Greater Boston area.  He values working on luxury homes because of the uniqueness of each project and the attention to detail required to make them a success.  In his spare time he enjoys staying active, being creative in his woodshop, and seeing live music.  He graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Business Administration and is a licensed Construction Supervisor in Massachusetts.

Conor Mitchell
Assistant Project Manager

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After spending two summers at Hawthorn as a Site Manager, Conor Mitchell joined the team full-time as an Assistant Project Manager upon graduating from UMass Amherst in 2020. Conor has experience in both residential and commercial real estate, and directly supports Hawthorn’s Senior Project Managers while helping to manage the company’s Home Management Division. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, skiing, and spending time with friends and family. 

Dana Warren
Marketing / Design

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Dana Warren joined Hawthorn Builders in 2020 and is in charge of digital marketing. She has over 20 years experience in the residential development and management field with a background in interior design. Dana is also a licensed real estate agent and has been selling through Hawthorn’s brokerage side for the past 11 years.