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.
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 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, and the Chicago Reader. 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. 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 and the Chicago Tribune. 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 and serves on the Board of Directors of Japan America Society of Chicago.
Digital Marketing Manager
Kristen 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 at Loyola University Chicago, from which she received a B.A. in Film & Digital Media. Kristen develops and curates content for various platforms including social media, websites, and email marketing for KCommunications' clients. As a talented and creative professional, Kristen is an invaluable asset to the team.
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.
Bridget Schulte is a rising senior at Loyola University Chicago. She is an Advertising and Public Relations major with a Dance minor and is excited to learn all that she can this summer at KCommunications! Having grown up with social media, Bridget is fascinated by all things digital media and marketing and can’t wait to learn more. At Loyola, she is a member of Alpha Chi Omega and serves as the Newsletter Chair, keeping the sorority up to date on everything happening in the chapter. Bridget is also a member of Small Town Chicago, a production club showcasing the different neighborhoods of Chicago through mini-documentaries. In her free time, you can find her spending time with friends and family, walking by the lake, taking dance classes, or watching movies, especially Disney ones. To see more of Bridget's work, you can visit her website.
Emily M. Evans (she/hers/her) is a recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication, graduating with a B.A. in Advertising & Public Relations. She enjoys navigating social trends on all platforms, and is excited to apply her digital native expertise to her work with KCommunications. Emily enjoys creating art, both physical and digital, seeing movies with friends, and staying up to date with Tik Tok trends! To view more of Emily’s work, visit her website.
Kelsey Ferguson is a recent graduate of the Global Strategic Communication M.S. program at Loyola University Chicago. Throughout her academic journey, she has studied international campaign strategy in over nine countries including Japan, China, Ghana, and Spain and she is eager to bring her creativity and global insight to KCommunications. In her free time, Kelsey is either enjoying travel, or planning her next destination to travel to. Overall, Kelsey finds passion and drive in captivating people across the globe through creative copywriting, campaign development, and design. Click here to check out her work!