Michael and Nancy Manzella of Portland announce the engagement of their son, Darren Matthew, to Javier Lapeira-Soto, son of Myriam Soto of San Jose, Costa Rica.
Manzella is a graduate of Brocton Central School and West Virginia University. He is an Iraq war veteran and sergeant in the United States Army National Guard. Manzella is currently employed by the Veterans Health Administration as a health science specialist.
Lapeira-Soto is a graduate from The Lincoln School in San Jose, Costa Rica. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at the University of Rochester.
Javier Lapeira-Soto and Darren Manzella
A July 2013 wedding is planned in Rochester, where the couple resides.