In 2009, after eight years on the Logan City Council, Tami Pyfer had decided against seeking re-election and said she was prepared to "quietly ride off into the sunset" and leave public service behind.
But that sunset ride never came. Instead, the mother of five found herself appointed to the State School Board in 2010, re-elected in 2012, named board chairwoman in December and then selected to serve as education adviser to Gov. Gary Herbert.
"It’s not how I expected my life to turn out," Pyfer said. "I’ve had a lot of support on the home front. They have a lot of confidence in me and believe that I’ll enjoy this, and so far, on day three, I’m having a ball," she said last week.