AIR FORCE COMPUTER HACKER BARRY MULLINS CRACKS THE CODE FOR 100 DONATION MILESTONE

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Beavercreek donor Barry Mullins is a computer hacker by trade, teaching Air Force Institute of Technology students how to be cyber warriors.  But there’s one code he’s learned that has only one way to crack.  To reach 100 lifetime blood donations, you must be a Donor for Life.

Barry achieved the 100th donation milestone Dec. 7 at the Dayton Community Blood Center. It was his sixth donation of the year.  He diligently maintains a maximum pace of six or seven donations per year.  No deviations and no surprises.

“I’ve been coming down and I was waiting for this!” said Barry. “I kept track.”

Leave it to a computer engineer to be very precise about the numbers. Computer Engineering was his major at the University of Evansville and he earned his master’s degree from AFIT. He followed that with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Barry’s career with the U.S. Air Force spans 34 years, including 21 years of active duty.  With global cyber threats and computer warfare on the rise, his current job is especially fulfilling.

“I teach how to hack into computers,” he said. “I hack into computers and teach Air Force people how to do it. We know how the bad guys do it.  It’s the most fun you could ever have!”

He is equally enthused about achieving his 100 donation milestone.  When the New Year comes, he’ll start calculating his next 100 donation milestone. “It’s the right thing to do,” he said.

HOLIDAYS MEAN FAMILY FOR ‘DONOR FOR LIFE’ LOU LUNNE

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The holidays can get a little hectic for  donor Louis “Lou” Lunne.  His eight strongly-independent children (like Lou, all business owners) and their families will gather under one roof at Christmas.  This year they will also celebrate Lou’s milestone 100th blood donation.

Lou reached his milestone with a platelet donation Dec. 6 at the Dayton Community Blood Center.  He was a donor long before moving to Dayton and donating with CBC.

“I started in ’66 in Cincinnati because a friend of mine was a hemophiliac,” he said.  “In those days it was very common need.”

Lou and his wife Kay moved to Dayton in 1976.  He operated his own financial services business and sold it just last year.  “I volunteer different places,” he said, “but I’m basically retired.”

Lou became an apheresis donor in 2012.  As his business career wound down, his donations ramped up.  He reached his 100th donation with his 21st apheresis donation of the year.

Lou hardly realized that he had reached the 100 milestone, perhaps because there is so much family planning to do this time of year.  Lou and Kay have seven sons and one daughter and 18 grandchildren.  “All of us have our own businesses,” he said, ranging from the financial services to landscaping companies.

As independent business owners, they have chosen to grow their business and families close to home. All are in the Dayton area, except one in Columbus.  One son will host everyone for a holiday dinner a week before Christmas, but Lou and Kay will have the entire family coming and going on Christmas Day.

If Lou’s milestone comes up at the family gatherings, it won’t be because Lou mentioned it. He considers it just another donation.  “I plan to keep going,” Lou said. “So it’s not like any big deal!”

BEAVERCREEK’S KEN HERR BUILDS A STRONG FOUNDATION AS A DONOR FOR LIFE

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Beavercreek donor Ken Herr knows the dedication it takes to be a Donor for Life.  In his construction career he helped the Center for Tissue, Innovation and Research come to life in Kettering and on Dec. 4 he reached a personal milestone with his 100th lifetime blood donation.

“I was born and raised in Fairborn,” said Ken. “I started donating when I was in the National Guard when I was going to school at Miami University.”

Ken reached his milestone with a platelet and plasma donation at the Dayton Community Blood Center.  He’s been an apheresis donor since 2005, and gives credit to CBC’s CEO Dr. David Smith.

“I was working with Shook Construction in sales and marketing for CTIR, “he said. “I was talking with David and he got me doing apheresis.”

Ken came to Shook in 2005 to serve as vice president of corporate development. He left in 2014 to go into consulting, helping start a new shared services division for non-profits and for-profits.

The building industry wasn’t his original life blueprint.  He first wanted to be a sports writer. “I started the same year as Hal McCoy,” he recalled about the Baseball Hall of Fame writer from the Dayton Daily News. “It was 1972 and I covered sports for the Middletown Journal.”

He went to work for an out-of-state newspaper, didn’t like it, and came back to Ohio to work for a concrete company. That led to a career in the construction industry.

Ken remains active in the community. He mentors minority-owned companies and small businesses and is a board member for three charities.  He is particularly proud of leading successful “Construction Cares” fundraising teams for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Dayton Light The Night Walk.

“The reason I like donating blood is you’re helping patients with cancer and leukemia,” he said.  “It’s always good to get a call about how someone was able to use your donation.”

He now lives on the family farm in Beavercreek. It dates back to 1869 and has been in the family for five generations.  He’s not ready for retirement, and he is never too busy to donate.  As he put it, “It’s the one thing I can do lying down that helps someone!”