Who is BK?

Bettina Kaiser

Bettina Kaiser is the owner and creative head of at BKA+D.

As well as being a designer, Bettina is a visual artist and a mother. She is passionate about art and design, and also about the environment and her community.

Bettina holds a Masters in Visual Communications from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, and has over twenty years of experience in designing for print and screen. She relocated from Germany to Australia in 2000, where she has produced art, taught at TAFE, and done design work for a broad range of clients from businesses to non-government organisations to individuals.

She has travelled extensively, and has held artist residencies on three expedition cruise ship tours to Antarctica, at Arthur and Yvonne Boyd’s Bundanon, and in the outback New South Wales town of Milparinka.

Bettina brings together a trusted TEAM of developers, designers and writers who in turn bring in their expertise and special knowledge.

meet the team


Heike Krieger is a senior designer that has been working with BKA+D for nearly ten years.

Heike is a designer, artist, teacher and mother of two. She lives in a funky straw bale house that she and her husband built in the Dandenong Ranges of Victoria. Like Bettina, Heike cares deeply about the environment, the arts, family and about building community. Also like Bettina, Heike originally hails from Germany.

With over 20 years of experience, particularly working in print, Heike is responsible for taking many BKA+D projects all the way from concept to press.


Deanne Dowd is our tech whiz, working with BKA+D as a web developer. Deanne also owns her own business, called Ritz Digital.

From complex websites to online quoting or shop systems, Deanne finds solutions and implements them. She has a strong focus on making sites that really work for the client, and that facilitate the client’s ability to update and manage them independently.

Deanne is a mother of two, with a background in corporate web development for the finance and insurance industry. She now enjoys working with colourful, friendly, happy business websites.


Caitlin Hickie is a database developer specialising in FileMaker Pro.

An early devotee of the application, Caitlin has been building Filemaker databases for over twenty years, and has developed everything from sophisticated media library databases to client and stock management systems for small businesses. Her skills don’t stop at metadata architecture – she is also a savvy business analyst who can assess our clients’ workflows and operational requirements and work with them to develop a customised system that will meet all their needs, and work across any devices they want.

Caitlin has a background in media and archive management, and, when not at a computer, enjoys being among trees.


Tony Tan is our senior web developer.

Tony is sometimes called “the genius” due to his brilliant solutions and problem solving skills. Born and Raised in China, he holds a Masters in Information Technology from the University of Wollongong and now works from Seattle, Washington. Truly international. Tony has worked for Wollongong City Council,  a leading Australian consulting firm, and more recently for Amazon in the U.S.

Like many of us, Tony is also a family man and a proud father of two boys.


Trudi Kalkowski is a  junior designer.

Trudi likes diversity in her working day. She graduated with a Diploma in Graphic Design and Communication in 2009. She enjoys all aspects of web and print design and takes care of all those little details, in preparing and finishing our jobs.

She is also a mother of three, including a son who has autism. Trudi lives in Kiama on the South Coast of Sydney.


Vita Fletcher is our creative support.

Vita uses her eye for detail in editing, proofreading and administration. Her creative side gets to work when we brainstorm concepts, clients, and causes. She holds an Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts and a Certificate 3 in Arts Administration.

Vita is also a mother and artist. She has travelled world wide, including two years living in Mexico teaching art to children. She now lives in Sydney.