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Janet and Howard Brand of Holland, Pa., announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Michelle Brand, to Michael Ryan Chakler, son of Cindy Chakler of Philadelphia and Stephen Chakler of South Jersey.
Lauren graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor's degree in advertising. She also earned a master's degree in elementary education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a special-education certification from Holy Family University. Lauren is a special-education teacher at Ferderbar Elementary School in the Neshaminy School District.
Michael graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor's degree in hotel and restaurant management. He manages a mortgage company in Northeast Philadelphia.
Lauren is the granddaughter of Ronny Rubin and the late Norman Rubin, and Esther Brand and the late Abram Brand. She is the great-granddaughter of the late Mollie and Harry Gottlieb. Michael is the grandson of Rosalie and Morris Karp, and the late Rhea and Sydney Chakler.
The couple, who lives in Huntingdon Valley, is planning a July 2009 wedding.