Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Parisella, of Mount Carmel, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer, to Michael Balkie, a son of Paula Wright (Muraczewski), originally from Mount Carmel and now living in Barnegat, N.J., and William Balkie, of Mount Laurel, N.J.

Jennifer is a 1996 graduate of Mount Carmel Area Junior-Senior High School. She holds degrees from Bucknell University and the University of Delaware, and is currently employed by the Christina School District, Newark, Del., as a school psychologist.

Michael is a 1997 graduate of Lenape Regional High School, Mount Laurel. He served eight years in the U.S. Navy and is currently employed by Catelli Brothers Inc., Collingswood, N.J.

A 2013 wedding is planned.