Operations Challenge Team


Introducing the 2020 GVC NYWEA Operations Challenge Team, the Water Recyclers! Team members include: Tony Filer, Michelle Hess, Angelo Dinottia, Lucas Kasperowicz, and Will Monier (left to right in team photo below). 


On October 5 and 6, 2020, the team competed virtually with 27 other teams from across the country in Operations Challenge 2020! The team participated in the Process Control (Division 1) and Lab and Collections competitions. Team captain Michelle Hess wrote the following summary and provided the pictures below. We thank you all for participating and making our chapter proud!


We are so grateful for the support we continually receive from our Chapter members. Your words of encouragement and sponsorships are greatly appreciated. This year's Operations Challenge was as different as everything else has been this year. Our usual 5 events with all 4 team members participating were cut down to the process, laboratory and collections events with only 2 members participating in each event. Judges scored each team remotely during our scheduled virtual sessions. Although we did not place in the top 3 for our events we are grateful for the opportunity to compete in 2020.


We would like to thank Monroe County DES for giving us the event space to compete.  We would like to give a special thanks to Steve Reiter and Stephen Peletz for setting things up and hammering out the logistics for this event.  We would also like to give a huge thank you to Jake Putney for the tremendous amount of effort he put into making our virtual competition a huge success.  His set up allowed a very smooth transition between all 3 events and gave us a huge screen to watch our fellow NYWEA teams compete.  You can still watch the competition online here.


We would also like to express a heartfelt thanks to all of our Ops Challenge Sponsors:



GP Jager

MRB Group

Waste Management


Barton & Loguidice

J. Andrew Lange




Jbrd Co.


We are already looking forward to whatever the 2021 competition will look like!



Your GVC Water Recyclers Captain, Michelle Hess