Ciellie is a senior business analyst at the IT department of the North West University in a small town in South Africa called Potchefstroom. She is married to Lucas Jansen van Vuuren with one nine-year-old, blue eye boy called Ricus. She completed her bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Chemistry in 1993 and continue to finish her Master's degree in Chemistry in 2003. In 1996 she starts her career as a Computer Science teacher. In 1998 she started working in the science faculty as a teaching and learning developer where she became part of the IT department later on till now.