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. 

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Kimiyo Naka

President & Founder 

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. 

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Kristen Pascual

Digital Marketing Manager

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. 

Kathleen Kuiper

Head Writer

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.​

Giancarlo Sanchez

Intern

Giancarlo Sanchez is currently a junior at Loyola University Chicago majoring in Advertisement/Public Relations and minoring in the Japanese Language. He is from a small, beautiful island in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the U.S. to pursue his passions in using his unique perspectives for creative public relations. Giancarlo grew up speaking both English and Spanish, and being bilingual has helped him tremendously in his field. At the same time, it also keeps him motivated to expand his knowledge of other languages. “KCommunications has really put my understanding of the Japanese language to the test, and other global campaigns have allowed me to fully express myself creatively,” Giancarlo said. “I enjoy expressing myself through my writing, coming up with witty ideas and captions, and finding exciting solutions to any problem. I look forward to keeping interning here and expand my knowledge on global perspectives.”

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