Our Staff

Mary McNamara Bernsten

Mary McNamara Bernsten

Executive Director

Mary is an enthusiastic Rockford native with more than two decades’ experience teaching and promoting the arts in our community and beyond. Mary’s passion and commitment to community connection, public service, and justice in all forms make her a powerful advocate for the Arts Council’s mission: to support, promote, and develop access to the arts for everyone.

Kayla Acton

Kayla Acton

Program Coordinator

Kayla is a proud Rockford local and the newest member of the RAAC team! She has traveled the country and the world working in the arts for the past 10 years and is excited to bring her experiences to the Arts Council. Kayla brings enthusiasm for the arts and a passion for bringing people together and looks forward to partnering with local community members and organizations to develop arts programming in our region.