Meet Our Team
Ericka L. Webb
Executive Director of Gift Planning
Ericka Webb oversees all aspects of the gift planning program and works closely with donors and their advisors, staff, and University leadership to increase philanthropic support to the University through legacy gifts. She was Director of Gift Planning and Endowment for the WGBH Educational Foundation for more than four years. Prior to joining WGBH, Ericka worked in the gift planning offices at both Harvard University and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Ericka earned her bachelor’s degree in international relations from American University and a master’s in education from Harvard University. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chad, Africa, where she worked on community health education and other initiatives. She is on the board of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners and is the past President of the Planned Giving Group of New England (PGGNE).
Senior Associate Director of Gift Planning
Denise Heffron joined Boston College in October 2017. Bringing over 10 years of expertise, she collaborates, cultivates, and stewards BC alumni, parents, and friends with various gift planning offerings such as bequests, life-income gifts, and other complex gift transactions. Previously, Denise worked at State Street Global Advisors (SSgA’s) private asset management group as a Senior Trust Administrator working with the firm's largest private wealth relationships. Most recently, she worked at SSgA in the charitable asset management group. Denise is also an active member of the Planned Giving Group of New England (PGGNE) and a member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners.
Megan McCarthy ’07
Associate Director of Gift Planning
Megan McCarthy works with alumni, parents, and friends to help deepen their relationship with the University and make a meaningful impact at the Heights while meeting their financial and philanthropic goals. Megan joined Boston College in August of 2015. After roles on the Annual Giving, Leadership Giving, and Leadership Giving Programs teams, she joined the Gift Planning team in April of 2022. While on the Annual and Leadership Giving teams, Megan worked with Reunion classes ranging from the 5th Reunion to the 40th Reunion and worked with the local BC community. Prior to working at BC, Megan worked at the Dana Hall School and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Boston College Gift Planning is a natural fit for Megan as she is a third-generation BC alumna and third-generation Shaw Society member.
Associate Director of Gift Planning
Joseph Richardson joined Boston College as Associate Director of Gift Planning in August 2022. Bringing over 10 years of relationship management expertise, he partners with BC alumni, parents, and friends to share the legacy of philanthropy through various gift planning offerings.
Previously, Joe worked at South Shore Health Foundation in southeastern Massachusetts, as a Philanthropy Officer where he managed a major gift portfolio in addition to the Foundation's Legacy Giving program. Joe implemented a refresh and redesign of the South Shore Health Legacy Giving program and the solicitation of transformational bequest gifts to help secure the continued success of the South Shore Health System and the community it serves. In addition to his roles in development and sales, Joe is the founding head coach of two collegiate Men's Lacrosse programs at Dallas Baptist University (Dallas, TX) and Newbury College (Brookline, MA). Joe earned his M.S. in Management and M.S. in Educational Administration at Dallas Baptist University and is an active member of the Planned Giving Group of New England.
Assistant Director, Gift Planning Operations
Harry Helbock joined the Gift Planning team in June 2023 and oversees the management and operations of all planned gifts including realized estates and gifts-in-kind.
Previously, Harry supported fundraising efforts for academic priorities for Boston College, where he was instrumental in assisting in the growth of the pipeline of six-figure commitments to the Carroll School of Management. Harry also has experience in fundraising at the Archdiocese of Boston, helping their team with all event preparation and marketing initiatives.
Harry is pursuing his MBA at Boston College.
Development Assistant, Gift Planning
Megan joined the Gift Planning team in April 2023 and helps to coordinate the day-to-day operations of the Gift Planning team in their efforts to increase philanthropic support to the University through planned gifts.
She is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a degree in Psychology and an English minor. Prior to joining the BC community, Megan worked in HR at Scipher Medicine. In her free time, Megan enjoys yoga, hiking, reading/writing fantasy, baking, and spoiling her cat, Alfie.