C. J. graduated from James Madison University (formerly Madison College) in 1968. Prior to entering the real estate profession, she taught middle school for seven years in Richmond and Norfolk.

She has been active in real estate for over 35 years and is an associate broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty. She has been in the Circle of Excellence for approximately 30 years and is a Lifetime Member of the TBA Million Dollar Sales Awards.

She is a member of the Hampton Roads Board of Realtors and is an Accredited Buyer Broker.

In addition to realtor activities, she is active in her community as a past Junior and Senior Warden at All Saints' Episcopal Church.

Her hobbies include tennis, bridge, gardening, and reading. 

She is married to Dave Howell and has one daughter, Morgan Howell.