Meet the Team
Christian is a Barista with us at Rail//Line! He has lived in Billings his whole life and is one of our South Side neighbors. He is a junior at Billings Senior High. He spends his free time working out, playing basketball with his cousins, and getting ready to be a dad to his upcoming baby due in January.
His favorite coffee drink is a blended Mocha Frappe.
We can’t wait for everyone to meet him and be greeted by Christian’s bright smile.
Aleiah grew up on the North Side, but for the last four years she’s resided on the South Side. A big portion of her family has lived their lives on the South Side. In her free time, she likes to do makeup, paint, bake, and spend time with her family, friends, and her dog Roscoe.
One of Aleiah’s goals is to start and complete dental assisting classes and to work her way to orthodontics. She loves seeing people’s happiness when there’s a big change to their smile and appearance. Aleiah continues to do all she can to reach her goals and dreams of modeling, makeup, and orthodontics!
Mikayla is one of our Rail//Line Baristas! She is a born and raised Billings girl, and a sophomore at Billings Senior High School. She enjoys spending time with friends, especially in the car, camping with her family near Rock Creek, and traveling anywhere she can!
Her favorite coffee drink is an iced Caramel Macchiato.
We can’t wait for you to come in and meet her!
Krista is a mom to Makenzie, who is almost 8 months old. She enjoys hanging out with her family and her close friends. They like to go for walks, camping and fishing, and to the parks. Her friend, Sarah, told her about the Apprenticeship at RL and this is what originally made her interested in applying. Rail Line is her first, real job that she has ever had. She is really interested in making coffee and learning new drinks to make. One day, she hopes to be a CNA so that she can help people that are unable to help themselves.
Her favorite drink is a Caramel Macchiato.
Sasha was born and raised in Washington and relocated to Billings in 2005. Sasha is a proud mom and has a 6 month old son Kalub who keeps her busy and melts her heart. She enjoys spending time with her family; listening to music; and most of all, being a mom watching Kalub grow up and marveling at how quickly he is changing and learning. She just LOVES her boy!
Sasha desires to continue to invest in and learn how to be independent and responsible not only for herself, but especially for her sweet son. As Sasha commits to learning and building both hard and soft skills; she is setting her sights to be more of a leader in her work; build her confidence, and work to create a sustainable future for her small family.
Addie was born and raised in Billings, and has been a barista at various coffee shops between here and Bozeman for the last four years. As she was getting ready to move back to Billings to finish my nursing degree, a few friends who were interns with CLDI suggested that she apply to Rail Line.
Addie says, “The people are truly incredible, and it’s a privilege to be able to get to provide them a good cup of coffee and a smile to get their day started on the right foot. This is such an important place because it provides a setting for at-risk women and teens to be able to learn and grow in their professional skills. It’s been an honor to help teach and support them.
My favorite part about Rail Line is the people I get to work with every day. I couldn’t ask for a better group, they’re the best!”
Before Jordan even started working here, it was evident to her that she was genuinely loved & welcomed by this community and knows that it’s still true of every person that enters the building. Part of what she loves about Rail//Line is it’s inclusivity! She says, “You know you’re working in a great environment that serves great coffee when you still come in on your days off.”
Jordan believes Rail//Line is incredibly important because of the way it stimulates growth and redemption in places like the South Side, all while creating a safe environment for people to gather and be in community.
My name is Levi. I have many different hobbies ranging from sports to video games to hiking in the mountains. One of my greatest achievements in life was when a friend and I summited Granite Peak, the tallest mountain in Montana, when I was 16 years old. All throughout my teenage years I have loved the taste of many different varieties of coffee but, I especially enjoy the dirty chai.
I’ve had a passion for making coffee ever since I volunteered at the coffee bar at my church. When I heard about Rail Line Coffee’s redemptive mission statement and fulfilling apprentice program, I couldn’t think of a better opportunity that matches my own values. Every day, I get to see how God works through the staff to help reach both the customers and the people of on the South Side.
Jess is a wife to her adventurous husband Calvin, mother to their beautiful baby girl, Marais, and they have a quirky mountain dog named Rylee! They love to hike, camp and travel with friends and family! She loves leading worship and thrifting, too!
She has a degree in Youth Development and Biblical Studies from North Central University and 10 years of ministry and leadership experience, as well as training as a barista too! She’s looking forward to sharing bits of daily life with customers and getting to know our staff and help them grow as assistant manager at Rail//Line.
Kaitlyn recently moved to Billings with her husband Jared. They are the lead pastors at Canvas Church Billings and have a passion for people and being involved in the community. They are also coffee people! One of Jared and Kaitlyn’s favorite things to do every time they go to a new city is to visit as many coffee shops as possible. Her hobbies include music, shopping, baking for Frosted Joy Baking Co and making coffee.
Kaitlyn is such a great addition to the Rail//Line team. She has toured internationally with her worship band McKinney Dawson – she would love to talk to you about her experiences in Melbourne!
Colin Sauskojus has been the fearless leader of Rail//Line Coffee from the start. He oversees general operations of the shop, as well as big picture projects related to Rail//Line. Rail//Line seeks renewal of the South Side, through the gospel, by cultivating economic growth and by equipping youth and adults to make a positive imprint on their relationships, workplaces, and communities. Colin’s personal mission is to have a willing heart to follow Christ Jesus wherever he leads; rebel against his tendency toward selfishness, comfortability, and complacency; and to seek a further progression of God’s kingdom on earth by being a person who “does things.” He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in Environmental Systems Science and Natural Resources.
Outside of work, Colin is often rock climbing in the Beartooth Mountains or somewhere in Wyoming. If not climbing, he is hiking with his wife, enjoying some coffee, or having downtime reading.
Learning & Development Coordinator
Jane is in charge of Rail//Line’s Job and Leadership Development Program. She regularly checks in with our RL staff and apprentices, ensuring they are receiving support in their employment, and facilitates soft skills and job skill training. She graduated from Montana State University in 2019 with her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science and a minor in Spanish. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in School Counseling from MSU-Billings. Jane is a fun, caring, people-driven individual who loves being around others and helping them solve their problems and discover their dreams. She desires to help others see their intrinsic value and worth while bringing glory to God.
In her free time, Jane can be found looking for a good deal, spending time with family and loved ones, or sitting on her front porch working on a crossword puzzle.