Our mission is to honor the elders of Asheville and Buncombe County who have devoted their lives to making our community a better place to live. Living Treasures represent our best values. They are fine role models for all generations, providing inspiration with their hope, heart and wisdom. We honor our treasures by recording their oral histories for future generations and by publicly celebrating their acheivements in a recognition ceremony.


Asheville Living Treasures is an all volunteer committee. Each member offers their talents, abilities and time to bring each recognition ceremony together.



Carmen Ramos-Kennedy

 Carmen Ramos-Kennedy, Founding Member| Committee Chair | Director Publicity





Carmen grew up in NYC and attended New School of Social Research. She is a Political Campaign Professional and consultant with the Campaign for Southern Equality We Do Campaign. She has managed three successful campaigns in Buncombe County and has worked for state, regional and national campaigns.

Since arriving in Asheville in 2007, Carmen has volunteered and served on a number of community boards and committees. Among them are the Mountain Moral Monday Planning Committee, Council On Aging, Children First, In Real Life, Barriers to Re-entry Roundtable, Community Race Discussion Group, Martin Luther King, Jr. Assoc. Scholarship Committee and Building Bridges of Asheville. Carmen is on the executive boards of the East End / Valley Street Neighborhood Association, Inner Works and Forward Together Moral Movement. She is a founding member of Asheville Living Treasures and serves on the City Council appointed Neighborhood Advisory Committee, the Pack Place Board and the Asheville Branch of NC NAACP.


Roger Bargainnier, Director of PhotographyRoger Bargainnier, Director Photography


Roger grew up in Rochester, New York. He is an alum of Case Institute of Technology and the University of Wisconsin.

After volunteering with Asheville Living Treasures in the Spring of 2012 Roger was invited to join the ALT committee, bringing his talent for photography with him. He has previously served on two boards; Asheville Community Theatre, including one term as president, and Asheville Symphony Chorus. He is currently on the board of The Asheville Autumn Players. His community outreach with The Autumn Players has extended to forays in advocating for senior theatre statewide and nationally.



Rock Eblen, Director of Videography

 Rock Eblen, Director Videography



Beverly Switzer, Director Website Development | Technology




Rock is an Asheville native and has been active in the the local theater scene for many years. In 2004 he created BIOFLYER PRODUCTIONS, LLC as his personal way of contributing to his family’s local charity. The Eblen Charities is constantly seeking viable partnerships and alliances with other organizations which help reach out to those in need. Rock has built a reputation for producing a variety of unique and exciting shows which draw upon a diverse group of local talent who volunteer long hours to create uplifting entertainment.








Beverly came to the mountains from Lexington, KY at the age of 10. She began volunteering in 2007 with WNC for Change, which led to work with several local political campaigns. She became a nursing assistant while working for CarePartners and discovered a passion in caring for elders. 

Beverly began as a volunteer with Asheville Living Treasures at the second recognition ceremony. With a background in elder care and volunteerism she joined the ALT committee for the opportunity to spotlight the exceptional seniors in our community. She is currently pursuing a degree in nursing at A-B Tech.