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Larissa Garofola

Larissa began her career with Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center (GNAHEC) as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist in 2021. She is responsible for GNAHEC’s program in Hillsborough County, which provides tobacco cessation classes for businesses, hospitals, community organizations, and individuals.

Larissa holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and previously worked in Human Resources. She eventually decided to make a career change and go back to school to pursue a career in which she could make a positive impact on society. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2021 with a master’s degree in Health Education and Behavior. Larissa is passionate about providing the education and tools that will assist individuals in making healthier decisions that fit with their lifestyle and wellness goals.

Larissa is a transplant from Western New York and is enjoying getting to know her new home in the Tampa area. She does not miss the snow one bit. In her spare time, she loves to read, go to the beach, and spend time with friends and family.