Forensics - Leadership

Ms. Woolery

  • Robin J. Woolery
  • Deputy Director

Deputy Director (DD) Robin Woolery graduated from Dillard University in Chemistry then attended Northwestern University. She began her career in Forensics in 1992, after completing her Master’s degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology. She worked with the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Drug Chemist for two years and then moved to Des Moines, IA and began working with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. This position allowed DD Woolery to work as a Drug Criminalist and a Crime Scene Investigator. She specialized in Clandestine Lab Investigations for five years. In 2000, she and her family returned to the Chicagoland area and she began her career with the Illinois State Police in 2001. DD Woolery worked as an analyst at the Forensic Science Center at Chicago (FSC-C) until she became a Drug Chemistry Group Supervisor at the Joliet Forensic Science Laboratory in 2003. In 2007, she was promoted to Laboratory Director at the Joliet Lab. In January 2017, she returned to the FSC-C as the Lab Director. She was promoted to Assistant Deputy Director of the Division of Forensic Services in 2019. DD Woolery oversees the Division of Forensic Services. The Division is made up of division administration staff and two Commands- the Forensic Science Command (FSC) and the Scene and Evidence Services Command (SESC). The FSC is comprised of approximately 400 Forensic Scientists, Evidence Technicians and administrative staff. The SESC is made up of Crime Scene Investigators, Traffic Crash Reconstruction Officers and Statewide Evidence Vault Technicians.

Ltc. Pellman

  • Lieutenant Colonel Zach Pellman
  • Assistant Deputy Director

Lieutenant Colonel Zach Pellman was appointed as the Division of Forensic Services Assistant Deputy Director in December 2023. He has over 17 years of experience with the Illinois State Police (ISP) which includes: patrol assignments in District 7 (Troop 2) and District 9 (Troop 6), various investigative assignments, and an administrative assignment with the Office of Labor Relations and Special Projects. During his investigative assignments he served as case agent, squad leader, Field Training Agent Coordinator, Investigative Commander, and Southern Commander over an area of responsibility consisting of 75 counties within the State of Illinois. His investigative experience includes case work and supervision of homicides, officer involved shooting investigations, death investigations, sexual assault investigations, white collar crime and many other criminal and administrative matters at the state and federal levels. Lieutenant Colonel Pellman is the recipient of numerous ISP certificates of recognition and work unit citations for team and individual accomplishments. Lieutenant Colonel Pellman completed the ISP Basic Investigators Course, is a certified Illinois State Police instructor, provided testimony as a subject matter expert for the ISP, completed the Northwestern University School of Police Supervision, General Command and Staff School, the University of South Florida’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate Program, the FBI LEEDA trilogy program (final course to be completed in February 2024), along with many other leadership courses. Prior to his employment with the ISP, Lieutenant Colonel Pellman attained a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in psychology and was a collegiate athlete.