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 Her friend, Sarah, told her about the Apprenticeship at RL and this is what originally made her interested in applying.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.
Kaitlyn grew up some in Billings and some in Colstrip, but she recently moved back to the South Side three years ago with her boyfriend and two dogs! In her free time, she loves hiking, crafting, and hanging out with her friends and family. She soon plans to attend beauty school and get her esthetician license in order to open an eyelash studio. She loves the beauty you can create on so many people while learning cosmetology. Her two dream jobs are working in a big city as a lash artist and training new people to also be lash artists.
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!”
Taylor is from Laurel, Montana, and is currently studying Elementary Education at Montana State University Billings. Before working with us, she worked at a daycare/preschool and loved being with the small kiddos! She loves to be outside, jamming to music, and hanging out with her friends. Taylor wanted to come and serve with us because she loved the atmosphere and mission that we are working toward. The connections she has been able to build at Rail//Line have helped her create a community that she loves to be around!
Taylor’s favorite drink is an Iced Bee Sting!
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.
I joined the Rail//Line team because I am passionate about helping others and specifically helping those who feel stuck in poverty. I love everything dance and often spend my free time longboarding around listening to music:) I grew up near Lake Elmo and moved to Billings in 2006 with my family to help start Billings Vineyard Church that is now located near Lockwood. My dream is to start my own coffee and flower shop that is all about being accessible to everyone and provides jobs for people who are unable to work elsewhere.
My go-to Rail//Line order is an iced Chai!
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.