Meet Frank Szczepanski
Frank has worked for most of his life for companies of all sizes around the world, never thinking about running for office.
He grew-up in a working class family and is the oldest of nine children in the old Polish neighborhood in East Chicago, IN. His dad was a Union steelworker at Inland Steel and his mom stayed home to raise the kids and care for the house. In Frank’s family, getting a good education and working hard was a priority. He attended Bishop Noll High School and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management and Master’s degree in Finance from Purdue.
After graduating, he went to Detroit, MI to work in corporate finance for Burroughs Corporation, and then years later moved to New Jersey to manage a manufacturing engineering plant. From being in a senior level management position to working for international companies in the U.S., Canada, Sweden and western Europe, Frank’s pragmatism and tenacity are the driving force behind everything he does. Currently, Frank is the Founder and CEO of an innovative biotech company called IVDiagnostics based here in Indiana that is revolutionizing the way we diagnose cancer using virtually pain-free technology.
He serves on many nonprofit and educational boards that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers and businesses and has a strong history of volunteering in the community especially in Boy Scout Leadership as an Eagle Scout and also as a downhill ski instructor for Special Olympics. Some of Frank’s most important work has been with grassroots community groups focused on environmental and social justice issues in East Chicago and across Northwest Indiana including the East Chicago Water Drive which has delivered over 400,000 bottles of water to residents in the area who are living with unsafe drinking water.
Frank has taken the initiative to create progressive change in his community and across the region throughout his life, and he knows how to win when it matters most to regular working class people. Frank is not a politician nor is he a party insider; he is a regular person that is ready to sow the seeds of change for the Hoosier State and for the people living in District 4.
Valparaiso needs a leader who listens to middle-class working families and who will fight for a future that works for all of us.