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Engagement Announcements

Browder - Gray

Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Browder of Baton Rouge, La., announce the engagement of their daughter, Elisha R. Browder, to James A. Gray of Norcross, son of Nena Gray of Marietta and Arthur Gray of Taft, Ind.

The bride-elect received her bachelor's degree in public relations from Howard University.

The future groom is the CEO of HelpDesk Georgia and of Youth United International.

The wedding is planned for April 22 in Atlanta.

Searcy - Parker

Carol and William Cain of Suwanee announce the engagement of their daughter, Diane Elise Searcy, to Brent Adam Parker, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Parker of Lawrenceville.

Both the bride-elect and future groom are graduates of Collins Hill High School, where they began dating in ninth grade.

The bride-elect is a student at the University of Georgia, where she will graduate next fall with a bachelor's degree in biology.

The future groom, also a student at the University of Georgia, will graduate in the fall with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

A 2007 wedding is planned.

VanOudenallen - Knowles

Frans VanOudenallen of St. Louis and Kathleen Mary VanOudenallen of Jupiter, Fla., announce the engagement of their daughter, Kirsta VanOudenallen, to Britton David Knowles, son of Britton Wade Knowles and Nelly Perez Knowles of Braselton.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Leonardo and Maria K. VanOudenallen of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Nick and Johanna Cava of Allentown, Pa. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she received a bachelor's degree in health promotion and behavior. She is employed as a personal trainer at Windy Hill Sporting Club.

The future groom is the grandson of Willis Wade and Kathryn Knowles of Atlanta. He is also a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he received a bachelor's degree in exercise science. He is in his junior year at Emory University's School of Medicine.

The wedding is planned for Oct. 27 at Villa Christina in Atlanta.

Wright - Yaun

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Wright of Flowery Branch announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Frances Wright, to Jeffrey Warren Yaun, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Yaun of Flowery Branch.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wright of Buford and Francis Shumaker and the late Elmer Shumaker of Atlanta. She is attending Toccoa Falls College, where she is majoring in music.

The future groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Kauffman of Largo, Fla., Virginia Kauffman of Ravenna, Ohio, and the late Mrytle and Don Yaun of Hazelhurst. He is attending the University of Georgia, where he is majoring in psychology and biology.

The wedding is planned for May 6 at Sugar Hill United Methodist Church.

Sims - Gysin

Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Sims of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Natalie Ann Sims, to David Marc Gysin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Gysin of Kennesaw and Doris Pucalka of Delray Beach, Fla.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Betty Fowler and the late William A. Fowler and the late Mr. and Mrs. Bob J. Sims, all of Lilburn. She is a 1996 graduate of Parkview High School and a 2000 graduate of North Georgia College and State University, where she received a degree in sociology and psychology. She is employed as a meeting manager at the Network for Medical Communication and Research.

The future groom is a 1990 graduate of St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip, N.Y., and a 1995 graduate of The Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., where he received a degree in industrial engineering. He operates The Superior Creek Lodge, a family business.

The wedding is planned for March 11 at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort.