Doreen Wald of Merion Station, Pa., and Margate, N.J.; and Dr. Lawrence Wald of Abington announce the engagement of their son, Ari Howard Wald, to Joanna Paige Laster, daughter of Harry and Rochelle Laster of Fort Lee, N.J.
Ari graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science degree in math and statistics. He is a CFA charter holder and works as a research analyst at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York City.
Joanna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a dual master's degree in elementary and special education from Touro College of New York City. She is currently working as a teacher in the New York City school district.
Sharing in the couple's joy are Ari's grandparents, Bernie and Adele Moskow of Ventnor, N.J.
In spirit and loving memory are Ari's brother, Ryan, and Joanna's brother, Alexender, as well as Joanna's grandparents, Benno and Helena Laster, and Lorraine Howard.
The couple, who met and live in New York, is planning a 2012 wedding in New Rochelle, N.Y.