Before 16 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation built to care for orphans. We strive to get these children hosted by a family who is either considering adoption or will advocate for adoption. Our hope is that the hosting process can provide the avenue to find a loving family for each child. We are dedicated to rescuing as many orphans as possible before they turn 16 years old and age out of the system.
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5940 Seminole Centre Court Suite 310, Fitchburg, WI 53711

Our Team

Dan Spransy
President & Founder

Dan began the foundation in 2016 after deciding to host and pursue adoption of his daughter Erika.  Learn more about their story.

Dan also owns the realtor brokerage Realty Executives Cooper Spransy, where many of the realtors volunteer and contribute to the foundation.

Andy Voeltner
Board Member
Dale Schaechterle
Board Member

Dale owns the realtor brokerage Realty Executives Integrity.  Dale and his wife Vicky have hosted from Latvia twice.  They have 2 children and live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

David Rehm
Board Member

Dave is an engineer who owns American Rotary Phase Converters.  He has been part of Before 16 since its inception.  He has 2 children and lives in Milwaukee, WI.

Areal Guenther
Board Member

Areal and her husband Adam began hosting Valentine in 2016 and then his older brother Ruslan in 2017.  They adopted Valentine (now Austin) in 2020.  Ruslan will be joining Austin on a student visa.  The Guenthers also have 2 more boys, Archer and Axel.  Areal is a realtor for Realty Executives Cooper Spransy.

Nathan Haag
Foundation Director

Nate has been running the foundation since its beginning in 2016.  He was formerly an Area Director for Young Life and has a heart for working with non-profits that care for kids.

Hannah O'brien
Social Media

Hannah is the social media expert for Realty Executives Cooper Spransy and shares her expertise with Before 16.  Hannah was adopted and has a passion for sharing her story and opening people's eyes to the world of adoption.  She has a podcast with her birth mother called Dimples and Adoption.