Board Members

John DeCramer, Chair
Lyon County, Region 8
John DeCramer lives in Marshall, Minnesota and serves as vice president for engineering for BH Electronics, Inc., a Minnesota company that designs and manufactures high frequency magnetic components.  John also has considerable community service experience.  John currently serves as a member of the Marshall City Council, with liaison roles to the Marshall municipal utility and the Marshall economic development authority.  John also serves on the boards of two non-profit community organizations – Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership and Western Community Action. Mr. DeCramer was designated as Chair by Governor Dayton in January, 2015.
Terri Thao
Ramsey County, Region 11 (Metro)
Terri Thao has spent her career committed to racial and economic equity in the field of community development and community building. She is currently a program director for local non-profit intermediary, Nexus Community Partners, where she leads the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI), which identifies, trains and helps place communities of color and underrepresented communities on publicly appointed boards and commissions in support of an equity agenda. She serves on the board for several community organizations, including the East Side Neighborhood Development Company, Voices for Racial Justice, F.R. Bigelow Foundation, CommonBond Communities, Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA), and the City of St. Paul Planning Commission.
Craig Klausing
Ramsey County, Region 11 (Metro)
Craig Klausing, of Roseville, is an attorney with the Office of the Director of Lawyers Professional Responsibility. The Director’s Office is responsible for the investigation and disposition of allegations of attorney misconduct. Craig has been involved with local government in various capacities including having served for 10 years on the Roseville City Council; seven as mayor and three as a council member. He was formerly a member of the Regional Council of Mayors. He is currently a member of the Ramsey County Library Board of Directors.
Stephanie Klinzing
Sherburne County, Region 7W
Stephanie Klinzing is currently a board member on the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and has served in that role for more than a decade. She is also a current member of the Minnesota Board on Aging. She brings a wealth of policy experience. She was mayor of Elk River for 12 years and founded a transitional housing program for homeless families in Elk River. Klinzing has served as an elected official in the Minnesota House of Representatives and on the Sherburne County Board of Commissioners. Prior to her public service, she was a community newspaper journalist for more than 20 years. She is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreille Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa and lives in Elk River (Sherburne County), which is located in Region 7W.
Melanie Benjamin
Mille Lacs County, Region 7E
Melanie Benjamin has been a Minnesota Housing board member since 2019.
The Honorable Julie Blaha, State Auditor
Ex-officio member
Julie Blaha was elected Minnesota's 19th State Auditor in 2018.