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.

Lt. Col. Hooks

  • Lieutenant Colonel Calvin Brown
  • Assistant Deputy Director

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Calvin Brown is a twenty-five plus year law enforcement veteran, the last twenty-two of which have been with the Illinois State Police (ISP). Before coming to the Division of Forensic Services (DFS) in 2022, LTC Brown was assigned to the Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) as a Major, serving as the Central Region Commander. LTC Brown has been with the ISP since June 2001, working patrol in District Chicago and District 11 (Metro-East). LTC Brown began his time in Investigations with the ISP in 2005. Most of LTC Brown's ISP career has been spent in an investigative capacity, working as a case agent in Zone 1 (Des Plaines) and Zone 6 (Collinsville). While in Investigations, he has worked in various units investigating street gangs, firearms, General Criminal, and Homicide investigations, methamphetamine laboratory mitigation, and general narcotics. LTC Brown has extensive experience working on criminal intelligence matters and State-level Homeland Security issues. This experience comes from his tenure as an Intelligence Officer and serving as the Staff Officer for ISP's Intelligence Command in 2009. His last assignment within Intelligence Command was in 2015, as the Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center (STIC) Assistant Center Chief. In this capacity, LTC Brown, under the direction of the Center Chief, oversaw the daily activities of personnel assigned to Illinois' Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated Fusion Center. Prior to joining the ISP, LTC Brown was a Deputy Sheriff with the Jackson County, Illinois, Sheriff's Department for approximately four years. At Jackson County, he worked in patrol and investigations before leaving in 2001 for the ISP. LTC Brown has an undergraduate degree from SIU Carbondale in Administration of Justice, where he was a collegiate athlete, and a Master of Business Administration from Lindenwood University in Missouri