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The ATLAS office is located in Drew Hall, on the north side of Hewitt Avenue, east of Snelling Avenue (between Snelling and Pascal).  

Parking is available in Lot B, just east of Drew Hall. Please note that during the school year, you will need to get a parking pass from ATLAS staff before parking in the lot.

To find our office, enter Drew Hall from the main entrance off of Hewitt (up a staircase facing south), and walk straight forward down the hallway. Go down a short stair and continue till you reach a door on the right with a sign above it that says "Stairwell to Rooms 1-11." Enter that doorway, which leads down a long hallway. Our office is Suite 72, the second suite on the left. 

Our mailing address is:

Hamline University - ATLAS                       Fax: 651-523-3083
1536 Hewitt Ave, MS-A1790
Saint Paul, MN 55104

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Patsy Egan, PhD

ATLAS Director


Patsy Egan is the director of ATLAS, housed in the Hamline University School of Education. She holds a BA in Russian Language from the University of Nebraska, as well as an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language and a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Minnesota. Her teaching and research focuses on literacy development and teacher education for adult learners, including adult basic education and English as a Second Language. She is a frequent national conference presenter, invited trainer and author, largely in the area of low-literacy adult ESL.

As director of ATLAS, Patsy collaborates with Minnesota Department of Education staff on multiple projects focused on identifying, planning, designing, and evaluating the training and professional development needs of ABE/ESL administrators, teachers, and support services staff across the state. Patsy also develops and facilitates workshops for practitioners in the four regions of the MN professional development system on topics including: English language instruction, second language acquisition, literacy development, multilevel classrooms, visual literacy, classroom management, teacher collaborative inquiry, and other areas.

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Margaret (Marn) Frank

ATLAS Literacy & STAR Coordinator


Marn Frank coordinates the STAR project and is a reading specialist for ATLAS. A Hamline adjunct faculty member, she holds a BS in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Minnesota. She has earned additional licensure in Emotional Behavior Disorders, Specific Learning Disabilities, and Adult Education. Marn has been involved in Minnesota ABE for over 18 years as a teacher, tutor, specialist, presenter, and coordinator of services. Before coming to ATLAS, she worked with the Learning Disabilities Association and developed valuable resources for ABE practitioners related to teaching reading and serving learners with learning difficulties.

As a member of the ATLAS team, Marn acts as the reading coordinator for adult literacy and supervises and directs the STAR training across the state. Her work with STAR includes coordinating the ATLAS STAR training team and providing oversight and delivery of training for practitioners and administrators. In addition, she leads the efforts to provide ongoing support for STAR practitioners following the training year, and co-facilitates training for volunteers in the classroom to support STAR programs. Besides her work with ATLAS, Marn also developed and facilitates two online courses for the Minnesota Literacy Council. These interactive courses - 1) Reading Assessments for Adult Basic Education and 2) Research-based Beginning Reading Instruction for Adults - are available at the MLC's online training site.

Marisa Squadrito Geisler

ATLAS Operations Manager


Marisa Squadrito Geisler holds a BA in Spanish and Religion from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MA in Hispanic Linguistics, with a minor in English as a Second Language, from the University of Minnesota. She taught Spanish for six years at the University of Minnesota before joining Neighborhood House, a multicultural nonprofit in St. Paul that works with immigrants, refugees and others in transition. In her eight years at Neighborhood House she served in a variety of roles including Executive Assistant, Volunteer Coordinator, Director of Development, and Grants Manager.

Marisa returned to the education field as the Operations Manager for ATLAS, where she provides budget management, grant administration, data tracking, and communications, including website maintenance. She is also the editor for MN ABE Connect, the MN ABE professional development newsletter, and she maintains the MN ABE professional development calendar on the ATLAS website. She brings to ATLAS an understanding of adult education and working with diverse populations, as well as valuable connections to community-based organizations. Marisa is the main contact for general questions regarding the ATLAS program and its services.

Gail Rutan

ATLAS Events Manager


Gail comes to ATLAS with over 20 years of experience in event management in corporate meetings & events, incentive travel programs and educational conferences, as well as hospitality management. Gail holds a BA in Mass Communications/Journalism from Winona State University and earned a CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) license in 1995. In addition, she has been a frequent substitute teacher for ISD 719 as well as a K-12 academic tutor focusing on reading and math skills. Gail served on the board of the Lakeville Council for Gifted and Talented for 8 years, working closely with Lakeville School District 194 in offering additional enrichment opportunities as well as improving the district's math curriculum. Other recent projects include working as the Summer Mathematics Institute (SMI) Program Manager for the MN State High School Math League in establishing and maintaining a summer math youth enrichment camp in the Twin Cities.

As ATLAS Events Manager, Gail manages the planning and coordination of all ATLAS meetings and events, including venue research, site selection and negotiation, hotel guest room blocks, as well as coordination with presenters, room and audio/visual set-up, catering, on-site logistical coordination, professional development support, and general ATLAS grant activity/budget maintenance. 

Kristine Kelly

ATLAS Literacy & English Language Arts Coordinator

Kristine works with ATLAS as the Literacy & English Language Arts Coordinator. She holds a B.S. in English and a B.A. in Russian Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and an M.Ed. from Hamline University with concentrations in K-12 reading and alternative education. During her 18 years in Minnesota ABE, she has worked with both Metro South and Robbinsdale ABE, primarily in the areas of GED, adult and under-21 diploma, and post-secondary transitions. In addition to her ATLAS role and current teaching position in Robbinsdale, she is a nationally certified STAR trainer, a frequent conference presenter, and a literacy coach and consultant.

As ATLAS Literacy & English Language Arts Coordinator, Kristine mainly focuses on implementation of the CCRS (College and Career Readiness Standards), identification of resources for adult writing instruction, and activities of the Language & Literacy Advisory Team. She also works closely with ABE leadership on implementation of the Minnesota Standard Adult High School Diploma.