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 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.

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Kristen Pascual

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

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 a rising senior 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.”

Caroline Franklin

Intern

Caroline is a junior at Loyola University Chicago majoring in Advertising and Public Relations and minoring in Marketing. While at KCommunications, she hopes to strengthen her understanding of the industry while building technical skills.

Martina Zornig

Intern

Martina Zornig is a senior at Loyola University Chicago with a passion for design. She is majoring in advertising, public relations, and psychology and is expected to graduate in December 2020. In the past, she interned at three companies, two of which were start-ups, so she has hands-on experience with branding and marketing. Her internships covered the areas in PR writing, graphic design, and social media and she has designed multiple logos, Instagram posts, banners, flyers, landing pages, letterheads, business cards, and PPPs. This Summer, she is excited about the opportunity to create many design elements for KCommunications and its clients.

Paulina Aragon

Intern

Paulina Aragon is a rising senior at Loyola University Chicago majoring in Advertising and Public Relations. She is from Guadalajara, Mexico, and enjoys helping brands grow! She has had a wide experience in social media marketing, videography, public relations, and digital marketing. She’s worked with Rent the Runway and TikTok in the past to drive up conversion rates and company awareness. Paulina looks forward to working at KCommunications this summer to learn more about the industry and how KCommunications can help companies grow!

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