Libba Evans, who was on an extended leave for months as former Gov. Mike Easley's cultural resources secretary, has returned to the public eye.
Evans took at least six months off last year to tend to personal issues while her deputy ran the department. The Winston Salem Journal reports that Evans has been promoting her new company, which produces interactive versions of children's stories for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch.
When she was away from work, Evans did not respond to repeated requests for an interview from The News & Observer. She told the Journal that she had to tend to personal matters.
Evans said that she took the leave of absence to focus on her business and family in Winston-Salem.
"I needed to come home and make sure everything was OK," Evans said.
Evans began her leave in May 2008, the same month she accompanied former first lady Mary Easley on an expensive junket to Russia and Estonia.
Evans told the Journal that she has not been subpoenaed in connection with the federal investigation into Easley.
Evans said she wanted to leave her time in Raleigh in the past.
"As far as I'm concerned, it's over," she said.