Who We Are.

KCommunications, LLC is a Chicago-based boutique public relations agency providing businesses, non-profits and artists communications, marketing and branding consulting services. The agency works with a large network of professionals and institutions in the related fields to provide results for our clients. Our strategy is to serve as our clients’ advocate while cultivating long-term relationships with media professionals and business partners. 



Kimiyo Naka, a bilingual professional (Japanese, English), has 20 years of experience in communications, media relations and project management. As a strategic thinker with strong verbal and written skills, she specializes in building rapport with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds. Prior to launching her own business in 2015, Kimiyo worked at Encyclopædia Britannica for 11 years as an International Editorial Project Manager, completing a number of challenging traditional and digital publishing projects around the globe. Kimiyo then pursued her calling in public relations because of her passion for telling stories of fascinating things and inspirational people. Kimiyo honed her expertise in media relations as an editorial intern at the Chicago Reporter, and her writing has been published by the Chicago Tribune Magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Reader, and the Chicago Reporter. She was a finalist in the 2001 Feature Category of the Peter Lisagor Awards by Chicago Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists. In 2013, she profiled Chicago in an extensive article for All Nippon Airways's travel web site. Kimiyo has worked on high profile projects such as SKYLANDING, Yoko Ono's public art installation in Chicago's Jackson Park, and served as the spokesperson for Japan Day 2015, an annual festival attracting thousands of visitors. In addition to securing press coverage for her clients, she has also personally provided expert commentary on arts and culture on WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, the Chicago Tribune, and NHK Japanese public television. Kimiyo has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Columbia College Chicago, and serves as Chair of the Osaka Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International. 

Founder & CEO

Kimiyo Naka


Kristen is a recent graduate from Loyola University Chicago and she received a B.A. in Film & Digital Media. She has always had a love for storytelling whether it be in film or photography. She has directed, produced, and edited multiple projects during her college career. After graduation, Kristen has taken up freelance photography and videography. Kristen is a recent addition to the KCommunications family with managing social media pages and curating content for the various clients we oversee. We are happy to welcome her to the team!

Digital Marketing Manager

Kristen Pascual

Kathleen Kuiper is an editor and writer with a strong and abiding interest in the arts. As the senior editor for Arts and Culture at Encyclopaedia Britannica for many years, she trained and managed other editors as well as researching, writing, and editing articles on theatre, dance, art, literature, languages, and peoples of the world. She commissioned essays from world-renowned scholars and worked with them to create reference material designed and written for the general reader. She is noted for her attention to detail and considers clear communication an essential element of the writer’s art. She has worked extensively in both print and digital formats, and she has managed a number of projects, including Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia Literature and a series of books on Native Americans. Digital projects include features on the Harlem Renaissance, Women’s History, Shakespeare, and Black History, to name a few.​

Head Writer

Kathleen Kuiper

My name is Ruby Baek and I am a Korean-American designer and illustrator. Currently, I attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, focusing on Visual Communications and Illustration. I love desserts, dogs, the color yellow, and the Great British Bake Off. I love to travel and take inspirations for my art from the beautiful sites I see, the kind people I meet, and the amazing food I indulge. I began my career as a painter and expanded my practice to more digital mediums. I design and make art because I wish to help make someone's day a little brighter or a little more colorful.

I was born and raised in a quiet suburban neighborhood near Seattle, WA but after living in Chicago, I strongly believe I have become a city girl. I am thankful for the kindness of KCommunications and am excited to work alongside them. Look out for some pieces from me! www.rubybaek.com


Ruby Baek

Hi! My name is Alina Orentas and I am a Junior at Loyola University Chicago! I am majoring in Political Science and International Studies and am also on a pre-law track, hoping to enroll in law school after undergrad. I spend my free time playing middle and right side and traveling to volleyball tournaments for Loyola's club team. This past summer I was just in Lithuania, an Eastern European country, interning for their Foreign Affairs Ministry and by interning for KCommunications I get to expand my global perspective even more as I am able to see how various countries throughout the globe further their interests and relationship with the United states.

Originally from a quiet suburb of Washington D.C., the big city of Chicago is such a fun change of pace! I am excited to be interning for Kimiyo and can't wait to absorb even more unique global experiences!


Alina Orentas

My name is Midori Marshall and I am a senior at Loyola University Chicago majoring in Global and International studies. I am from Fairfax Virginia so moving to Chicago has been a big but wonderful change. My hobbies include biking and exploring the great city where there is always something to do. In the future, I hope to attend graduate school and eventually end up working with an international organization to help people around the world. Interning with Kimiyo I am able to continue expanding my global view as she partners with companies around the US and the world. I have had the opportunity to meet some impressive members of our community and attend exciting events around the city as well. I look forward to continue interning for her throughout the year !


Midori Marshall


Chicago, IL USA 




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