Removing Our Blinders: Addressing Disparities in Greenville County

with David Lominack and Merl Code


Wednesday, February 2, 2022
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EST)
via Zoom
Category: Removing Our Blinders

A Community Removes Its Blinders: Addressing Disparities in Greenville County

Upon the murder of George Floyd and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement across the US, the United Way of Greenville County, the Urban League of the Upstate and the Greenville Chamber launched the REEM Commission in 2020 to address the historical, systemic, and ongoing inequities and disparities affecting Black people in Greenville County.

The forty-member REEM Commission, comprised of community leaders from diverse backgrounds and industries, come together regularly to listen, analyze, understand, and learn about the inequities that exist across the various sectors of Greenville County. The group is led by co-chairs, David Lominack of TD Bank and Merle Code of Ogleetree Deakins, who are longstanding Greenville advocates who tirelessly work on behalf of the community. Lominack and Code acknowledge that not a single issue is more critical for the long-term success of the citizens of Greenville County than the one they are now tackling through REEM.

Join David Lominack and Merl Code for a candid conversation during which they will share: their personal race equity journeys: why each of them stepped up to lead REEM; what they have learned: the challenges they have faced: and ultimately what makes them hopeful. You are invited to bring your own questions about the REEM Commission’s experiences and how they apply to your community’s race equity efforts.

Merl F. Code, Ogletree Deakins, REEM Commission Co-Chair

Merl F. Code is an attorney at the law office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. Mr. Code has been an active board member of over 30 organizations serving the interests of the Upstate, such as The Palmetto Institute, Minority Economic Development Institute, BB&T Bank of South Carolina, Clemson University Advisory Board, and the Greater Greenville YMCA, to name a few. In addition to serving as a board member, Mr. Code has also served as Chairman for several of these organizations, including, but not limited to, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Phillis Wheatley Association, University Center of Greenville, and the United Way of Greenville. Mr. Code’s list of successful endeavors includes Owner/CEO of Precision Tool Manufacturing, Owner/Chairman of Code Insurance Associates, and president of Code & Associates Sports Management Agency.  

In addition, Mr. Code is the first African American to chair the Greenville County United Way Board of Directors, the first African American to serve as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the University Center of Greenville, the first African American Municipal Court Judge, and the first African American to become Chairman of the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Code received the Order of the Palmetto and the Compleat Lawyer Award by the SC Bar Association, and had been inducted into the North Carolina A&T Hall of Fame and the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame. Mr. Code’s law practice concentrates in the areas of positive employee relations and diversity. He has more than 40 years of trial level experience, and has served as a certified Mediator for over 25 years.  

Merl serves as Co-Chair on the United Way of Greenville County’s Racial Equality and Economic Mobility Commission (REEM). The Commission was formed in the summer of 2020 to convene around matters of racial inequities, social justice, and disparities in key areas that negatively impact the Black community in Greenville County, SC. 


David Lominack, TD Bank, SC Market President, REEM Commission Co-Chair

David Lominack is market president of South Carolina for TD Bank, where he is responsible for commercial banking throughout the state.

David joined the former Carolina First Bank in May 1997 as a management associate. Upon completion of the Management Associate program, he served in a number of roles including branch manager, commercial loan officer, Private Banking, and regional Retail Banking executive. From 2006-2010, he served as market president for the Midlands region of South Carolina.

In 2010 Carolina First was acquired by TD Bank, and David returned home to take on the role of market president for the newly formed Upstate-Midlands region. He was appointed market president of South Carolina in 2015.

David earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Presbyterian College. He also is a graduate of the Stonier National Graduate School of Banking; Leadership Greenville; the Diversity Leadership Initiative at Furman; and is a Liberty Fellow.

A stalwart community supporter, David serves on numerous community boards.  He currently serves as co-chair for Greenville County's Racial Equity and Economic Mobility Commission (REEM), executive committee for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, and board member for the United Way of Greenville County.  He is past chair for United Way of Greenville County, past chair of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, and past chair of the South Carolina Bankers Association.

David and his wife, Courtney, reside in Greenville with their three children: Henry; James; and Lynne.

Attendees (62)

Alana Jordan

Development & Membership Director

Together SC

Alecia Klauk

Executive Director

Chapin We Care Center

Allison Safford

Strategic Initiatives Officer

Hollingsworth Funds

Amy Breault

Executive Director

Horry County First Steps

Becca Bosch

Program Sustainability AmeriCorps VISTA

NAMI Greenville

Beth Ruffin

Owner/Principal

The Everyday Inclusionist

Bob Morris

Community Foundation of Greenville

Brooke Robertson

Graphic Designer | Developer

Neue South Collective

Carey Rothschild

Director, Community Health Policy and Strategy

AccessHealth Spartanburg

Carol Reeves

Executive Director

Just Say Something

Caroline T. Robertson

Executive Director

Greer Relief and Resources Agency, Inc.

Catherine Puckett

Program Director

Nonprofit Alliance

Charlene Jones

Program Director

SWITCH

Dan Koon

Deputy Commissioner

SC Human Affairs Commission

David Slade

Vice President - Employee Health & Benefits

MarshMcLennan Agency

Duchett Polite Hylton

Executive Director

Jasper County First Steps

Eileen Chepenik

Executive Director

Trident Literacy Association

Ericka Wooten

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Greta Young

Executive Director

The Parenting Place

Jamie Moon

President

Institute for Child Success

Jennifer DeWitt

Chief Community Programs Officer

Lowcountry Food Bank

Jennifer Olivares

Volunteer & Donations Coordinator

Greer Relief and Resources Agency, Inc.

Jessica Cohen

Chief Strategist & Owner

Spark Solutions Coaching & Consulting

Jessica Gaines

Development Manager

Pride Link

Kathryn Harvey

Founder

Neue South Collective

Katy Sides

Knowledge Management Officer

Hollingsworth Funds

Keona Prude

Director of Operations & Communications

Pride Link

Lauren Luneckas

Executive Director

Children's Museum of the Upstate

Leann Malone

Executive Director

Lancaster County First Steps

Leigh Thomson

Executive Director

Dorchester Seniors, Inc.

Linda Brees

Senior Fellow

Institute for Child Success

Lisa Colby

Executive Director

American Red Cross, Upstate Chapter

Maddi Currier

Director of Development

Hope Center for Children

Mariah Johnson

Executive Assistant

Greenville Housing Fund

Mark Steenback

Chief Resource Officer

Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County

Maura Langston

Business Development Manager

Turn90

Melissa Ladd

Owner, Facilitator

issaFacilitation

Monroe Free

President and CEO

Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County

Norma Jean Suarez

Executive Director

Unity Health on Main

Rusty Infinger

Deputy Director of Operations/General Counsel

SC Legal Services

Sharonica Gavin

Community Engagement Specialist

Hospice Care of the Lowcountry

Tameika Devine

Attorney

The Possibilities Institute, LLC

Tamela Spann

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Hollingsworth Funds

Tatjana Beylotte

Executive Director

Charleston Jazz

Teresa Johnson

Director of People & Culture

Lowcountry Food Bank

Terri Towle

Director of Fund Development

Leeza's Care Connection

Tessa May

Interim Executive Director

Loaves & Fishes

Tiffany Crooks

Unite Us

Tiffany Santagati

VP. Operations

Greenville Housing Fund

Tom Swanciger

Executive Director

Father to Father, Inc.

Tony McDade

Board Member

Hollingsworth Funds

Tori Burke-Koskela

Deputy Director

YWCA

Torina Wood

Federal Fiscal Compliance and Audit Manager

United Way Association of SC

9 Other Registered Attendees

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Debbie Nelson

Chief Learning Officer, Together SC